Mule Creek State Prison officials are investigating an attack on a correctional officer Sunday afternoon as an attempted murder.
The incident occurred about 12:31 p.m. Sunday in the Ione prison’s Facility A.
Inmate Brian Jones, 28, allegedly came out of his cell and asked the floor officer, “What’s up?” Jones then punched the officer in the face and struck him multiple times in the head and in the back, under the officer’s protective vest, with an inmate-made weapon, according to a prison news release.
Other staff members responded and used physical force, batons and pepper spray to halt the attack.
The officer suffered stab wounds to the back of his head, one stab wound to his ribs and a cut under his left eye, according to the news release. The protective vest prevented additional injuries. He was transported to an outside hospital and released Sunday night after receiving sutures for the cut under his eye.
Three other officers were injured during the incident, and were treated at outside hospitals and released. Two of the officers sustained knee injuries and the third suffered an injured hand.
All the officers involved are expected to fully recover from their injuries, the news release said.
Jones was transferred to California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom. There, authorities said, he became aggressive and uncooperative, pushing his wheelchair over backward and injuring the back of his head.
Jones entered the prison system July 8, 2014, from Sacramento County and was serving a sentence for 58 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, Jones, a reputed white supremacist, shot and killed 36-year-old Duane Lomax on Dec. 8, 2012, in the Foothill Farms area after Jones’ sister and her female friend got into a traffic disagreement with Lomax, an African American.
Lomax, from Atlanta, was in Sacramento to attend his 3-year-old son’s birthday.