ATMORE, AL (WSFA) - An Alabama Corrections Officer is in critical condition after being stabbed by an inmate at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore on Thursday, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
ADOC officials say the male officer was stabbed by an inmate, identified as Cleveland Cunningham, around 12:35 p.m. in the facility's dining hall during the noon meal.
The inmate reportedly assaulted and stabbed the officer in retaliation for being denied an extra tray of food.
The officer was transported to an off-site hospital by a medical helicopter.
Cunningham was detained by correctional officers and has been segregated from the general population. He is serving a 20-year sentence on a 2013 first-degree robbery conviction out of Baldwin County.
The facility has been placed on lockdown while ADOC officials investigate the incident.
ADOC officials say the inmate to officer ratio at the facility is 10-to-1.