RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A man is facing charges for assaulting three Virginia Department of Corrections officers while he was an inmate at the State Farm Correctional Center.

According to a release, 35-year-old Ronald Edward Whitehead has been charged with three counts of assault and battery on a correctional officer in Powhatan County.

Officials say that on the morning of Jan. 31, he became combative when center staff spotted him in an unauthorized area and told him to report to the watch office.

Whitehead reportedly punched officers several times after he was physically placed on the ground.

VADOC says the proper level of force was used to bring Whitehead under control.

“Violence against Virginia Department of Corrections employees will not be tolerated,” said VADOC Director Chad Dotson. “I thank the staff members who responded to this situation for their courage. I wish them well in their recovery. Additionally, I sincerely thank Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Cerullo and the Powhatan County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office for pursuing these charges. We will continue to do everything in our power to support these efforts.”

Three correction officers were treated for injuries at a local hospital.

Whitehead’s original sentence with the VADOC ended March 22.

Upon his release from state custody, he was arrested by the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office.