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.
The Califorina State Prison-Sacramento’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating the incident as an attempted murder, the release states.