A correctional officer at the Anamosa State Penitentiary was assaulted by an inmate on Saturday morning.
The Iowa Department of Corrections says the officer was handing out medications to inmates on a cellblock at the prison when an inmate unexpectedly began assaulting the officer by placing her in a chokehold. She was able to use personal safety defensive techniques until additional staff in the area were able to respond and assist in taking control of the inmate.
The officer was taken by department vehicle to the local hospital for medical review. She suffered bruising from the assault and has been released from the hospital.
The department says the inmate was not seriously injured.
The incident remains under investigation.