Inmate shot, killed during prison assault
Nov. 9, 2012 — A correctional officer at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) shot and killed a 23-year-old inmate during the attempted murder of another inmate Friday, Nov. 9. The inmate was shot after he failed to respond when correctional officers ordered him and an accomplice to halt their attack.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sent a Deadly Force Investigations Team (DFIT) to the Susanville prison to investigate the use of deadly force.
The incident began at 11:05 a.m. when two inmates attacked a third inmate on a maximum-security yard. The inmate victim was knocked to the ground and the two attacking inmates kicked him in the head and stabbed him several times with an inmate-made weapon. The victim lost consciousness during the attack.
The attacking inmates ignored repeated orders to stop their attack, and a correctional officer discharged one round from his state-issued Mini-14 rifle. The round hit one of the attacking inmates, and he was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m.
The inmate victim of the attack, age 29, suffered numerous stab and slash wounds, lacerations and injuries to his head. He was treated at the prison and is being monitored by medical staff. He is serving a 29-year, four-month sentence from Los Angeles County for assault likely to cause great bodily injury with gang enhancements.
The fatally wounded inmate was serving an 82-years-to-life sentence from San Diego County for first-degree murder. His name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
The other inmate attacker, age 29, was not injured. He is serving a life without parole sentence from Riverside County for first-degree murder.
The names of the involved inmates are being withheld pending investigation.
Officers recovered one stabbing weapon. No employees were injured.
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