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California prison guard shoots inmate after stabbing attack

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, inmates walk around a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. A panel of federal judges on Thursday, June 20, 2103, criticized Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce inmate population because it fell short of the court-ordered cap by 2,300 inmates. The judges ordered Brown to take additional steps to reduce the population to 110,000 inmates by the end of the year.(AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli,file)
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, inmates walk around a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. A panel of federal judges on Thursday, June 20, 2103, criticized Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce inmate population because it fell short of the court-ordered cap by 2,300 inmates. The judges ordered Brown to take additional steps to reduce the population to 110,000 inmates by the end of the year.(AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli,file) AP

Two inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy were taken to a hospital Thursday afternoon after a stabbing that prompted a guard to fire a rifle at one inmate.

Two inmates attacked a third on the prison’s basketball court at about 2:20 p.m. using stabbing devices they had made, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman.

The attackers ignored multiple orders to stop the attack and get down before an officer in a tower shot one of the attackers. The inmate who was shot and the inmate who was stabbed were taken to a hospital with injuries. They were treated and released and sent back to prison, the spokeswoman said.

The two injured inmates were treated and released and are on their way back to the prison.

The attack victim suffered stab wounds to his head and chest. The attacker who wasn’t shot was treated for a cut on his hand, according to the spokeswoman. Prison officials recovered the weapons and are investigating.

During a tour of San Quentin State Prison, Lt. Samuel Robinson provided insights about the process of bringing inmates to the facility and about how they are assigned to their living spaces once they are inside.

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