Guard captain stabbed at jail

A jail guard captain was stabbed twice at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside on Saturday.

A jail guard captain was stabbed twice at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside on Saturday.

Metro Halifax has learned the incident took place in the North 1 wing of the jail, where some of the most dangerous prisoners are held.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Jennifer Gavin would not confirm the stabbing took place, on the grounds it might interfere with a Halifax Regional Police investigation into the matter.

“The tricky thing is that ... it is under investigation by police,” she said.

“There was an incident (Saturday) morning; there was a correctional officer that required medical attention.”

The guard captain was stabbed in his abdomen, and taken to Dartmouth General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police spokesman Sgt. Bill Morris said an inmate suspect is being held at Halifax lockup in relation to the stabbing.

Provincial jail
Safety Justice Minister Ross Landry told reporters last month that despite a string of incidents at the provincial jail since April, he believed “the institution is safe.”