SCI-Somerset locked down after assault

March 12, 2019

The State Correctional Institution at Somerset was placed on lockdown again after an inmate-on-employee assault Sunday evening.

Christie Schenck, public information officer for SCI-Somerset, said staff “reacted quickly and effectively to resolve the incident,” which occurred at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Officials said no weapons were used, and visits were still permitted Monday.

“(The lockdown) will occur throughout the evening at least,” she said Monday afternoon. “The situation is being monitored.”

The corrections officer was treated in a local emergency room and released, according to Schenck.

The names of the inmate and the officer were not released Monday.

The Department of Corrections does not release the names of inmates allegedly involved in crimes until charges are filed.

This is the second time SCI-Somerset has been put on lockdown this year.

The first lockdown came on Feb. 10, after an inmate allegedly assaulted three officers. None of the officers was seriously injured.

State police have charged Johnny Lee Alexander, 57, with aggravated assault, simple assault and assault by prisoner.

He is being held at SCI-Fayette in Fayette County.