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OFFICER: Attack changed my life

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An inmate serving a life sentence for first degree murder attacks a correctional officer. On Monday, we learned more about the incident. 

Thursday around lunch time, an inmate at the Maury Correctional Institute attacked Jerry Fitzgerald. Prison officials say Fitzgerald was making his rounds in a cell block. On Facebook, Fitzgerald posted a picture of his injuries and said, January 2nd changed my life. An inmate at work tried to kill me, but I am still here.

Officials identified the inmate as 32-year-old John Wood. In 2006 he was convicted by a jury of first degree murder and is currently serving a life sentence.
According to a state database, Wood was transferred to the Central Prison in Raleigh and is now charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

9 On Your Side we asked prison officials to elaborate on the attack. They denied our request. But from Fitzgerald’s picture it appears he was cut with a sharp object.

The NC Department of Public Safety says there have been two other recent cuttings with the potential for serious injury to staff - one Nov 15 at Lanesboro CI in Polkton (Anson County) and one Dec 4 at Central Prison in Raleigh.

Someone close to the officer says he was treated and released from the hospital and is expected to be fine.
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