- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

1:41 p.m.

JESSUP, Md. — A corrections officer died shortly after being stabbed by three inmates last night at the Maryland House of Correction, prison officials said.

Officials this morning identified the officer as David McGuinn, 42. He had worked for the Maryland Division of Correction for two years.

The attack occurred about 10 p.m., when Officer McGuinn was on rounds in the west wing of the maximum-security prison, officials said. He was stabbed several times in the neck and back.

The inmates already had been confined to their cells in a lockdown prompted by recent fatal attacks on three inmates, but officials believe inmates may have been jamming the locks to their cells.

Officer McGuinn was taken by ambulance to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, where he died at 11:03 p.m.

He was the second Maryland correctional officer killed in the line of duty this year. Jeffery A. Wroten, 44, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Jan. 27, a day after he was shot in the face with his own gun by an inmate he was guarding at a hospital in Hagerstown.

The last corrections officer killed in the line of duty inside a prison was Herman L. Toulson Jr., who was stabbed by an inmate at the former Maryland Penitentiary in 1984.

The Maryland House of Correction has been wracked by violence, with three inmates having been killed there since May. This week, a new warden was named to restore safety at the 1,100-inmate facility.

Correction spokeswoman Maj. Priscilla Doggett said there are some vacant guard positions at the prison, but she could not say whether that was a factor in the violence.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said last night’s fatal attack is a reminder of the danger that comes with being a correctional officer.

Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican seeking re-election, said the state has people who could make far more money in less dangerous jobs. He said his thoughts and prayers go to Officer McGuinn’s family and “to the people who put on that uniform every day.”

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