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RALEIGH – The Department of Public Safety confirms that Correctional Officer Mary Crosby was assaulted by an offender at approximately 10:05 a.m. today at Harnett Correctional Institution.

Crosby, a 17-year-veteran, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when attacked in a housing dorm by a male offender armed with a homemade weapon. According to staff who have spoken with Officer Crosby, she is in “good spirits” and is with her family at an outside medical facility.

The offender was removed from the facility. The incident is under investigated by the Lillington Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. DPS is cooperating with law enforcement and will seek criminal prosecution against the offender.