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Nurse, correctional officer dead at Iowa prison after inmate attacks multiple staff members

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DES MOINES, Iowa – An inmate at Anamosa State Penitentiary killed a nurse and correctional officer Tuesday morning, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Names are being withheld pending investigation and family notifications, according to the release. The incident is being investigated by the Iowa Department of Corrections and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The two deaths resulted from an inmate attacking multiple staff members and inmates at the prison’s infirmary, according to the news release. Staff were able to eventually restrain the inmate.

Anamosa State Penitentiary is a maximum- and medium-security prison with about 950 inmates and 321 staff, according to its website. Its 2019 annual report listed an average daily population of about 989 people. About 70% of the inmates were convicted of violent crimes and the average sentence being served is more than 25 years, according to the report.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will order flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims on the days of their internment, according to a news release from her office.

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