The Davis Correctional Facility is located 25 miles northeast of Ada, Oklahoma. (Google Maps)

HOLDENVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A corrections officer has died after being attacked by an inmate at an Oklahoma prison, officials said.

The attack happened Sunday at the Davis Correctional Facility, which is a privately run prison in Holdenville, about 25 miles northeast of Ada. 

The inmate attacked the officer while a group of inmates was returning to a housing area from recreation, officials said.

Authorities have not identified the officer or released a cause of death. The inmate has been placed in isolation and an investigation was underway.

The prison is a medium-security facility and is operated by CoreCivic, which issued this statement:

We are deeply saddened to report that a correctional officer at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville, Oklahoma, has died from an injury sustained after an attack by an inmate earlier today.  As a group of inmates were being returned to their housing area from recreation, the assailant attacked the officer. Lifesaving efforts administered to the officer by facility medical staff were unsuccessful.

Out of respect for family members, whom facility management is attempting to notify, the identity of the officer is not being released at this time.  Officials with local law enforcement and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections were notified and are investigating the incident with full support from facility staff. The assailant has been identified and isolated. Additional details are pending the outcome of investigative efforts.

Our hearts go out to the officer's family, friends, and coworkers at this time. Support services are being made available to facility staff


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