Calif. federal prison officer fatally stabbed


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Calif. federal prison officer fatally stabbed

The 22-year-old corrections officer, who had been on the job for less than a year, was killed by two inmates using homemade weapons at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater, near Merced, prison officials say.

By Megan Garvey
Los Angeles Times 
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ATWATER, Calif. — Two inmates fatally stabbed a correctional officer Friday afternoon in an incident under investigation by federal authorities, officials at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater, Calif., said Saturday.

Jose Rivera, 22, of Chowchilla was attacked by inmates armed with homemade weapons about 3:30 p.m., according to a statement by Warden Dennis Smith. The assault took place in an inmate housing unit and the alleged assailants were immediately restrained, he said.

Rivera was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m.

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