2 officers assaulted at Rikers Island

Thursday, October 6, 2016

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Two correction officers were assaulted in a surprise attack by two inmates at Rikers Island, both suspected gang members.

It happened Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center.

One officer was seriously injured. Both officers were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released.

The inmates allegedly involved in the attack were immediately arrested.

Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte released a statement saying: "We are deeply committed to creating a culture of safety at the Department of Correction and this unprovoked attack on our officers will not be tolerated. We have zero tolerance for assaults on the hardworking men and women who serve this city every day. These inmates have been arrested and will face charges."

The apparently unprovoked attack is under investigation.