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Illinois Prison Guard Suffers Concussion in Attack

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) - State and union officials say a prisoner has assaulted a guard at a southern Illinois prison.

Jeremy Noelle is the Local Union Council 31 representative for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. He says the prisoner headbutted the guard, causing the correctional officer to suffer a concussion. Authorities say it happened Friday morning at the Shawnee Correctional Center in Vienna.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says three other officers were present when the incident happened. Shaer says the department is investigating and the inmate has been transferred to a maximum security facility.

Noelle says the officer was taken for treatment and should return to work in four to five days.

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