A correctional officer at New Folsom Prison is in fair condition after being attacked by an inmate wielding a handmade weapon, according to authorities.
The officer, a 15-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, was slashed on his neck and taken to an outside hospital for treatment, according to a news release from the corrections department.
He allegedly was attacked by inmate Alberto Cortez, 22, in one of the prison’s maximum-security units, the release states. Cortez is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence out of Los Angeles County for attempted first-degree murder and receiving stolen property. He has been in prison since December 2010.
Another inmate who was not identified tried to attack officers who responded to the first assault.
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The Califorina State Prison-Sacramento’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating the incident as an attempted murder, the release states.