A Florida Panhandle inmate who attacked three officers in a "brutal, unprovoked attack" has been charged with attempted murder of a correctional officer and possession of contraband, state prison officials said Wednesday.
"This violence is completely unacceptable. Our officers come to work every day to protect Florida communities and serve courageously in this profession dedicated to public service," Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch said in a prepared statement.
Corrections officials said Tyrece Fleming, 41, attacked the officers at Apalachee Correctional Institution in Jackson County on Sunday, following a "verbal disagreement" with the prison guards. An investigation into the attack, conducted by the state agency's inspector general office, found that Fleming used a homemade knife, known as a "shank," to strike the officers with the "full intention of stabbing and killing staff members," according to an arrest affidavit released by the corrections department.