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PRESS RELEASE: Correctional Officers Assaulted by Offender at Monroe Correctional Complex

May 10, 2016

By Susan Biller

Department of Corrections

MONROE, Washington – Two correctional officers were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being assaulted this morning by an offender at the Monroe Correctional Complex-Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU).

Both correctional officers are expected to be released from the hospital today. One of the two officers received stitches.

Shortly after 9 a.m., inmate James Suber, 32, assaulted the correctional officers after his cell was searched. Suber hit one of the correctional officers in the head/facial area with his fist. A second officer also was struck when he intervened. No weapons were involved in the assault.

Suber is serving a 17 year prison sentence for 1st degree burglary with sexual motivation out of Pierce County. His prison sentence began in 2006.

The Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU) is on restricted movement at this time while the incident is investigated by the Monroe Police Department and the Department of Corrections. All other units at the Monroe Correctional Complex remain on normal operations.

WSRU is one of five facilities that are part of the Monroe Correctional Complex. The unit houses over 700 medium and minimum custody offenders. The total offender population at Monroe is about 2,500 offenders, making it the second-largest prison in the state.

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