MAURY, N.C. — A state agency says officials at a North Carolina prison were attacked in separate incidents.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety said a prison officer at Maury Correctional Institution in Greene County received a non-life threatening injury after an inmate attack around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Spokeswoman Sonja Bennett-Bellamy said the officer and was taken to a local urgent care center and is expected to soon return to work.

Bennett-Bellamy said the inmate is undergoing a mental evaluation.

A second attack occurred about two hours later when an inmate walked up behind a case manager and hit them on the head with his fist. A supervisor trying to break up the scuffle was also hurt. Neither of the injuries was serious, and Bennett-Bellamy said officials don’t believe the incidents are related.

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