Officer assaulted by inmates at Eastman youth dentention center

A correctional officer was assaulted by several inmates in a riot Sunday night at the Eastman Youth Development Facility.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Eastman police joined law enforcement officers from Wilcox County, Abbeville and Middle Georgia College who were called to assist when more than 60 inmates in two dormitories refused to return to their cells about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

By 9 p.m., the officers physically returned the inmates to their cells after bed linens and trash were set ablaze in several locations.

The Eastman Fire Department and Dodge County EMS also responded to the incident.

The Eastman YDF is the state’s only Level 5 Security facility and was the scene of another riot last May, the release stated.