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4 Folsom prison workers said to be hurt in inmate attack

Four employees of California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom were injured Thursday morning in an attack by an inmate, prison officials said.

Inmate Tyrone E. Owens, 32, attacked two psychiatric technicians who were dispensing medication in the unit’s day room, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Owens reportedly pushed a medication cart into a psychiatric technician, knocking her to the floor. He then began striking a second psychiatric technician in the face and head with both fists, authorities said.

A correctional officer used force to stop Owens’ attack. Two other officers also responded and were able to restrain Owens and remove him from the area.

The two psychiatric technicians and two correctional officers were injured and taken to an outside hospital. The first psychiatric technician, who was knocked to the floor, suffered a sprained wrist, bruised arm and swollen knees, authorities said. The second technician suffered abrasions, scratches, and pain and swelling to his neck and back. The first responding officer suffered pain to her head, elbow knee and thigh, and another officer was treated for scratches behind his ear. All four were treated and released.

Owens has been in prison since Dec. 31, 2007. He is serving a five-year sentence from Los Angeles County for second-degree robbery and a two-year, eight-month sentence for grand theft from a person, prison authorities said. In February 2010, Owens received a four-year sentence for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, his second strike under California’s “three-strikes” law.

Authorities said officers investigating Thursday’s incident searched the cell occupied by Owens and his cellmate and recovered an inmate-made weapon.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy