Inmate Stabs Prison Guard Inside Northeast Philadelphia Correctional Facility: Officials

A correctional officer was stabbed by an inmate in a Northeast Philadelphia prison Wednesday.

Matthew Early is accused of stabbing a prison guard with a homemade object inside the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia at 5:45 p.m., according to a spokesperson with the Philly Prison System.

The officer was transported to Aria-Torresdale Hospital and was later released.

Early was sent to prison after he was convicted in a shooting at a SEPTA station back in December, 2012. Early and his brother got into an argument with two men while on a SEPTA El train. When the train stopped at 46th and Market Streets, the brothers exited the train onto the platform. Early then pointed a handgun at one of the men, who was still on the train, and fired one shot, striking the victim in the left side of his stomach. The bullet passed through him and struck another man in the left thigh.

Early was arrested and convicted for the shooting while charges against his brother were dropped.

Curran-Fromhold was on lockdown due to Wednesday's stabbing and all visitation at the 7900 State Road prison were canceled.

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