Calif. CO attacked by 8 inmates at state prison

The CO is expected to recover

By Wes Venteicher
The Sacramento Bee

KERN, Calif. — Eight inmates attacked a correctional officer at North Kern State Prison on Friday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

One inmate attacked the officer at about 2 p.m. after the officer found him with a contraband cell phone during a security check, according to the release.

Seven other inmates joined the attack, punching and kicking the officer, the release states.

Several officers responded, using pepper spray and firing a less-lethal “sponge round” from a 40 mm launcher to stop the attack, according to a CDCR spokesman.

An ambulance carried the officer to a hospital for treatment. He was released and is expected to recover, according to the release.

Inmate movement is limited during an investigation at 4,100-inmate, minimum- and medium-custody facility, the release states.

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