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TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — State prison officials say an officer at a North Carolina prison has been attacked by an inmate.

Jerry Higgins with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the attack occurred Saturday night at the Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville.

Higgins said Richard Lennox punched the officer, who was taken to a medical facility outside the prison and was evaluated and released.

Higgins says the attack happened in a hallway near a housing area when Lennox refused the officer’s orders.

There were no other injuries.

Higgins says prison officials will pursue assault charges against Lennox.