Staff Attacked at Southeast Correctional Center (SECC)

At approximately 5:46 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, a group of offenders returning to a housing unit at Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston after the evening meal severely assaulted eight staff members during an attack that lasted approximately 10 minutes. The 13 offenders suspected of involvement in the assault have been placed in administrative segregation and will be referred for prosecution. The facility was placed in lockdown. Corrections Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from multiple institutions responded to the disturbance and remain on site. Seven staff members were treated at local hospitals for injuries, and six were released. One remains hospitalized for observation. The facility remains in lockdown.

Assault & Major Incident Advisories

Weekly advisories summarize assaults on corrections officers and other staff members in the line of duty as well as major disturbances and other significant incidents occurring in Missouri Department of Corrections facilities.

Weekly Advisories

A major assault is defined as:

  • Causing physical injury to another, either with or without a weapon or through the use of any substance, instrument or device, requiring urgent and immediate medical treatment more extensive than mere first aid.

  • Causing a person to come into contact with or throwing or projecting feces or body fluids.

  • Subjecting a staff member without consent to physical contact by kissing or touching the sexual parts.

A minor assault is defined as:

  • Causing non-serious physical injury by striking another, which may result in minor first aid being administered.
  • Using a non-dangerous object or substance; or by any other physically aggressive act.
  • Subjecting a staff member to any physical contact without consent.