A nurse and a correctional officer at a prison housing some of Iowa’s most dangerous offenders died Tuesday after an inmate carried out an attack on staff members and other inmates, state officials said.

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press

The attack happened at around 10:15 a.m. in the prison infirmary at the state penitentiary in the eastern Iowa city of Anamosa, according to a statement from the Iowa Department of Corrections.

The department said that it was still collecting and confirming details of what took place, and that state police were also investigating.

“What the department can confirm is that an inmate attacked multiple staff members and inmates in the prison’s infirmary. As a result of their injuries, a correctional nurse and correctional officer have died,” the department said in a statement.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said the state was grieving the deaths of “two public servants who were attacked while on duty at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.”

File-This Dec. 25, 2017, file photo shows Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa, Iowa. A nurse and a correctional officer at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in eastern Iowa died Tuesday, March 23, 2021, after an inmate attacked multiple staff members and other inmates, state officials said.

“My prayers and deepest condolences are with their families, friends, and colleagues as they begin to cope with this senseless tragedy,” she said. “We will exhaust every available resource to deliver justice to those who committed this act and bring a sense of closure and peace to the victims’ families.”

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan, whose union represents Iowa correctional employees, said the workers were the first killed by an inmate since he started at the union in 1988. He said he was still gathering information about what happened.

File-This Dec. 25, 2017, file photo shows Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa, Iowa. A nurse and a correctional officer at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in eastern Iowa died Tuesday, March 23, 2021, after an inmate attacked multiple staff members and other inmates, state officials said.

“Sad day,” he told The Associated Press. “From my perspective, that is a failure of the system. I don’t know how or why or any particulars. But somebody failed because those two employees are not getting to go home this evening.”

Names are being withheld at this time pending family notifications and investigation. 

Additional details will be released as they become available in coordination with the Iowa Department of Public safety. 

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