Fairbanks correctional officer badly hurt by inmate
A Fairbanks Correctional Center officer was severely injured when he was attacked by an inmate Thursday evening, according to state officials.
Word of the assault reached Alaska State Troopers just after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to an online dispatch which identified the suspect as 23-year-old Douglas Earl Webb.
Megan Edge, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, said the assault took place in a hallway outside Webb’s housing unit at the facility.
“From our initial investigation, it appears that Mr. Webb had been verbally refusing orders from the corrections officer,” Edge wrote in an email. “The corrections officer was speaking to Mr. Webb in the hallway when Mr. Webb attacked the officer by repeatedly striking him in the face. Other officers were quick to respond and were able to restrain Webb, and get the corrections officer involved the medical attention necessary.”
Edge said the struck officer’s injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.
Webb had been in custody since Aug. 18, 2016, after the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported his arrest on assault charges. Alaska State Troopers said he had fired a gun at his mother and another woman, on a day when he allegedly said he’d drank “a lot” of alcohol.
Webb hasn’t yet been sentenced in that case, according to court records. Troopers said charges of second-degree and third-degree assault in the Thursday case will be forwarded to the Fairbanks district attorney’s office.