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Inmate charged with attempted murder of correctional officer

Statement as issued Wednesday by the Indiana State Police:

Bunker Hill – Recently, a month long criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Mike Tarrh and Lorna Harbaugh, internal affairs investigator for the Miami Correctional Facility, resulted in attempted murder and aggravated battery charges being filed against Ruben Gonzalez, 39, an inmate within the Indiana Department of Correction.

On the afternoon of February 29, 2012, Gonzalez allegedly beat a Miami Correctional Facility officer unconscious inside an offender housing unit at the Miami Correctional Facility. Gonzalez purportedly committed the unprovoked attack by striking the correctional officer repeatedly in the head and face with a sock containing a padlock hidden inside.

The correctional officer, a 10 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Correction, was flown by Lifeline Helicopter to a Ft. Wayne, IN, hospital. The officer suffered a skull fracture, a broken jaw, arterial bleeding inside his neck, and has sustained hearing loss as a result of the attack. He faces several months of rehabilitation to recover from his injuries.

Shortly after the attack, Gonzalez was transferred to the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, IN. That is where he was served a Miami Circuit Court arrest warrant alleging one count of attempted murder and a class B felony count for aggravated battery.

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