3 guards injured in California prison attack


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Posted: 01/11/2011 05:13:08 PM PST

 

CRESCENT CITY, Calif.—A maximum-security prison on California’s north coast has been locked-down until further notice while authorities investigate an attack on three prison guards who were rushed with handmade weapons.State prison officials said the three guards, ages 37, 43 and 45, were released from a local hospital after being treated for cuts and puncture wounds they suffered during Tuesday morning’s assault.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says two inmates have been identified as suspects.

One is a 20-year-old man serving a 50-year sentence for first-degree murder. The other is a 36-year-old man serving 60 years for carjacking and making terrorist threats.

The attack happened when the guards were letting inmates into an exercise yard.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17068606

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6 thoughts on “3 guards injured in California prison attack

  1. Some California prisons are locking down hispanics. Other California prisons are locking down ALL inmates. Its varying from prison to prison.

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  2. Prison Locked Down

    CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — Three Pelican Bay State Prison correctional officers were hurt Tuesday when they were attacked by two inmates, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

    The officers — ages 37, 43 and 45 — were treated at a local hospital for lacerations and puncture wounds and released, the state said.

    The prison will remain locked down until further notice.

    “Our foremost concern is for the safety and well-being of our dedicated staff,” Warden Gregory Lewis said in a prepared statement. “Our officers’ injuries are not life-threatening and we are glad they were discharged from the hospital today. Our thoughts and prayers are with them for a speedy recovery.”

    The state said the attack occurred about 9:25 a.m. when two inmates rushed the officers with prison-made weapons while being released into the exercise yard.

    Custody staff members in the immediate area responded and stopped the attack with physical force and batons. Two weapons were recovered. At least two inmates have been identified as suspects.

    One inmate, age 20, is serving a 50-year sentence from Los Angeles County for first-degree murder. He has been in prison since Oct. 26, 2009.

    The second suspect, age 36, is serving 60 years for carjacking and making terroristic threats. He also was convicted in Los Angeles County and has been in prison since Feb. 7, 1997.

    The incident is being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at PBSP and agents from the Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review. An investigator from the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office is participating in the investigation.

    Pelican Bay State Prison houses 3,200 inmates and employs 1,500 people.

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