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Officer at private Oklahoma prison wounded in shooting

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Posted at 7:51 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 20:51:07-04

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Police in Lawton are investigating an early-morning shooting in which an officer at a private correctional facility was wounded.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh says a female employee at the Lawton Correctional Facility was shot several times outside of her home about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday as she was preparing to leave for work.

Pablo Paez, a spokesman for the prison facility's owner, The GEO Group of Boca Raton, Florida, says the employee is listed stable condition. She has not been identified.

Allbaugh says the shooting is under investigation by the Lawton Police Department. DOC spokeswoman Terri Watkins says investigators are looking into whether the shooting is connected to the woman's work at the private correctional facility.

The Lawton Correctional Facility opened in 1998 and houses 2,624 inmates.

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