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State inmate airlifted after being stabbed in the neck

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By Andrew Henderson

An inmate at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex was stabbed in the neck the afternoon of Friday, March 15.  

Oldham County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene at around 2:15 p.m. The inmate was transported to Baptist Health La Grange and later airlifted shortly after 3 p.m.

Darlene O'Bryan, public relations coordinator with Baptist Health, said she was unable to get exact confirmation but could almost guarantee the inmate was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. She said many of their trauma cases go there.

A phone call to a media spokesperson at University Hospital was not immediately returned.

Kentucky Department of Corrections Director of Communications Lisa Lamb said the incident was the result of a fight between two inmates. She said the other inmate didn’t sustain serious injuries.

Lamb said additional information will be shortly released from either the corrections department or Kentucky State Police.

Update 6:38 p.m.:  Kentucky Department of Corrections Director of Communications Lisa Lamb released this statement to the Era.

Today at approximately 1:45 p.m. a fight broke out on the yard at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex between two inmates. One of the inmates, Justin Anderson DOC #243909, had fashioned a weapon and the other inmate, Hershel Havens DOC #266941, sustained serious injuries. Both inmates were taken for outside medical treatment and Havens was airlifted to the U of L Hospital. Both inmates are in stable condition at this time.

Kentucky State Police are in charge of the investigation.

No staff were involved and there are no other injuries from the altercation. The prison has been placed on lockdown status in order for authorities to investigate.