Three correctional officers and an inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom were treated for injuries sustained in assaults by inmates Thursday morning.
About 10:15 a.m., two inmates in Facility C, one of the prison’s high-security general population yards, began stabbing another with an inmate-manufactured weapon, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. As officers attempted to stop the attack, another inmate refused an order to drop to the ground and blocked the officers from responding to the area. The officers were able to subdue the inmate who blocked them and stopped the attack, officials said.
The inmate victim was taken to an outside hospital for treatment and was reported in fair condition.
As three correctional officers and a sergeant approached the inmate who had blocked staff members, about 10 inmates stood up and began attacking the four officers with their fists. Additional staff members responded, using pepper spray to stop the attack. One warning shot from a Ruger Mini-14 rifle was fired as well, officials said.
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Two officers were taken to an outside hospital, one for treatment of a strained right elbow and the other for a strained wrist and forearm. Both were released and returned to the prison.
As custody staff members escorted inmates back to their cells, another officer was struck in the back of the head by an inmate. He was taken to an outside hospital as a precaution for treatment of any potential head injuries.
The cause of the incident is under investigation, and findings will be referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, officials said.
California State Prison, Sacramento, is a maximum-security prison that houses about 2,200 general and sensitive-needs inmates and employs about 1,700 people. It houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.