- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) - A federal inmate at a prison in Sheridan beat another prisoner so severely that the injured man has been hospitalized on life support, a union official said.

Officials ordered a lockdown at the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution 50 miles southwest of Portland after the Friday night attack, the Oregonian reported Monday (https://is.gd/GIpr26). Weekend visits were canceled.

Prison spokesman Kyle Olsen acknowledged the incident Monday in a short statement, saying all inmates were returned to their cells and the prison “remains secure.”

Olsen did not identify either inmate.

The victim was beaten with a mop handle until it broke, then repeatedly kicked in the head, said Michael Meserve, a regional vice president for the American Federation of Government Employees, Council of Prison Locals.

The victim was sitting at an email station in a housing unit when another inmate approached him from behind and clubbed him on the head with a mop handle, Meserve said.

After the handle broke, the attacker kicked his target in the head with his boot until at least one other prisoner restrained him, the union official said.

The attacker was moved into solitary confinement, the newspaper reported.

The FBI is investigating, Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele confirmed Monday night. She referred other questions to the prison.

On Oct. 13, an inmate attacked two staff members searching a cell in the prison, cutting their faces and shoulders, Olsen confirmed at the time. The two officers were sent to a hospital for treatment. Olsen said the inmate involved was restrained and was held in a secure area.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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