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DA: Columbus County inmate attacks officer with 'shank'

Posted August 5

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— A correctional officer in Brunswick was attacked by an inmate Thursday evening with a "shank" style knife, officials said.

The inmate attacked the officer just before 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Correctional Institution, according to the 13th Prosecutorial District Attorney's Office. Officials said the inmate attacked the officer with a homemade shank.

The DA's office worked with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office and has since requested assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation.

The names of the officer and inmate were not released.

It's unclear if, or how badly, the officer was injured.


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  • Pete Knowles Aug 6, 3:10 p.m.
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    Gee, Norman, way to go, dude. You take story about a Czo being attacked and turn it into some kind of cheap political attack. Grow up, please.

  • Ed Livesay Aug 5, 11:18 p.m.
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    A "shank' in this context is a sharpened metal rib from the sole of a "tennis" shoe issued by the Dept of Corrections.... they sharpen them on the concrete floors. They often wrap used medical tape around one end to form a handle. Common as salt and pepper in the House of Many Doors.

  • Joe Simpson Aug 5, 11:04 p.m.
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    Well, at least he didn't use a military-style Assault Shiv. There is no legitimate reason for a civilian to have one of those.

  • Norman Lewis Aug 5, 3:31 p.m.
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    You need to define "shank style" knife or Charles Schumer and Bloomberg will start legislation to ban "shank style" knives from being sold being as they are ignorant of the actual subject of weapons. A shank is an improvised knife, dagger, ice pick or any stabbing, cutting or jabbing type weapon that an inmate can make from materials at hand.