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2 COs attacked by 12 inmates at Calif. prison

One officer sustained several injuries, including a broken nose, a concussion and a broken vertebrae in his back


By CorrectionsOne Staff

DELANO, Calif.— One corrections officer was seriously injured after he and another CO were attacked by 12 inmates at a California prison.

Authorities said 12 inmates began punching and kicking the two COs in the dayroom of a dorm on Saturday at the Kern Valley State Prison, KERO reports. After staff ordered all inmates to get down, the attacking prisoners continued to assault the officers.

A correctional officer walks near a gate, which is one of two entrances into Kern Valley State Prison Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in Delano, Calif. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
A correctional officer walks near a gate, which is one of two entrances into Kern Valley State Prison Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in Delano, Calif. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

Additional officers attempted to use physical force to stop the attack but were unsuccessful. Officers then used pepper spray to break up the attack.

Both officers were taken to the hospital and later released. One officer sustained several injuries, including a broken nose, a concussion and a broken vertebrae in his back. The second officer suffered injuries to his knees, hand and face.

Officials said the officer with the broken vertebrae will be unable to work for an extended period of time. Officials are also working to identify all the inmates involved in the attack.

The inmates who have been identified were moved to the prison’s segregation unit.

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