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Inmate accused of assaulting correctional officer, nurse at Iowa Medical and Classification Center

Razor wire lines a fence between the prison yard and garden plot at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.  (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Razor wire lines a fence between the prison yard and garden plot at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CORALVILLE — Authorities said a correctional officer and a nurse were assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center Wednesday evening.

According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, around 8 p.m. Wednesday the two staff members were working in the mental health unit at the prison when an inmate — identified as Nathan Alan Bell — became verbally aggressive. Authorities said Bell was ordered back to his cell, but he instead charged at the correctional officer, knocking him into a wall and to the ground. Bell proceeded to punch the officer several times, according corrections officials.

Officials said that two inmates and a nurse came to the correctional officer’s aid. At this point, Bell allegedly kicked the nurse in the torso. The correctional officer and the two inmates helping him were able to restrain Bell until more staff arrived, officials said.

Authorities said the correctional officer suffered bruising to his face and a cut on his elbow. The nurse was not injured.

Cord Overton, communications director for the Iowa Department of Corrections, said charges against Bell are pending a review of the incident.

The incident remains under investigation.

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