Inmate injured in assault at Matsqui Institution

Victim airlifted to hospital Monday morning. Prison says assailant has been identified.

A man was airlifted from Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford Monday after an assault.




An inmate at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford was airlifted to hospital Monday morning after being assaulted.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) said the man was found injured at around 10:15 a.m., apparently the victim of an assault. He was evaluated by staff, then transported to an outside hospital.

Air ambulance, along with paramedics and fire/rescue crews attended the scene.

The prison was ordered into a lockdown and Abbotsford Police and prison officials are investigating.

“The assailant has been identified and the appropriate actions have been taken,” the CSC said in a news release. Regularly scheduled visits may be affected and visitors are asked to contact the prison.

Matsqui Institution is a medium-security facility with capacity for 350 federal prisoners. Offenders receiving sentences longer than two years serve their time federally.