Inmate Stabs 2 Correctional Officers, Sergeant With Toothbrush Weapon Inside Philly Prison: Police

Two correctional officers and a Philadelphia prisons sergeant are recovering after an inmate allegedly stabbed them with a weapon made out of a toothbrush inside a prison in the Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia.

The attack occurred Monday afternoon inside the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center on 8300 State Road, police said.

An inmate, identified by officials as Fred Avery, and his cellmate were involved in a fight around 2:30 p.m., officials said. Two correctional officers and a sergeant with Philadelphia prisons responded to the brawl, using pepper spray Avery.


Avery allegedly pulled out a weapon he made out of a toothbrush. He then stabbed one officer in the eye, another in the head and another in the hand before he was finally restrained, according to police.

One of the prisoners and the three officers were taken to the Aria Health Torresdale Campus. Officials have not yet revealed the officers' conditions but told NBC10 they are all expected to survive. Officials also have not yet revealed whether it was Avery who was taken to the hospital or the other inmate who was involved in the initial fight.

The prison was placed on lockdown. Police continue to investigate.

This is the second violent incident at the prison this month. On Nov. 10, four inmates were injured during a fight in which makeshift weapons were used.

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