CSP-SAC Correctional Officer recovering from inmate assault

A California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) correctional officer is recovering from injuries suffered during an unprovoked attack by an inmate Saturday night.

The assault occurred on Nov. 23 at approximately 5:30 p.m. while staff attempted to conduct a random search of inmate Delvin E. Cottingham’s assigned cell.

Inmate Cottingham exited his cell and unexpectedly walked toward the officer and punched the officer in his face, knocking him to the ground.

Inmate Cottingham then straddled the officer’s chest and repeatedly struck the officer in his face with his fists.  A second officer came to the aid of the first officer and fended off the inmate’s attack.

The officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The officer, a nearly eight-year CDCR veteran, suffered a left orbital fracture, a bi-lateral fracture to both sides of his nasal cavity, and abrasions to his forehead, nose, cheeks and eyes. The abrasions to the officer’s face required nine sutures.

He is currently at home recovering.

Inmate Cottingham, 39, was received from San Diego County on August 4, 1997, with a 42-years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder, battery with serious bodily injury, second-degree robbery, and an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Inmate Cottingham was transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit at CSP-SAC pending investigation.

The incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

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4 Responses

  1. Darren Godfrey Thursday, November 28, 2013 / 6:58 pm

    Hope you make a major recovery brother. I imagine scenarios like that every time I get on the line. I too have been involved in an unprovoked attack by an inmate and had to take him down. I wish you and your family well. Stay strong!

  2. Derrick Patrick Wednesday, November 27, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Get Well soon brother.

  3. Denise Tuesday, November 26, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    My heart goes out to all of the brave officers and their families. Every day is potentially a hazard to your health. Everything you go through, and your family supports you through, to keep our communities safe is appreciated. My prayers are with all of the officers that are healing from wounds to recover quickly, and for all of the officers working to stay safe. God bless all of you for all that you do!

  4. David Tuesday, November 26, 2013 / 12:13 am

    How many serious attacks have now occurred over the last few months? Just a few weeks ago, an officer here at CMC was attacked by an inmate. The inmate entered a housing unit, deeply cut his arm, and sprayed his blood at the officer trying to expose him while saying, “If I’m going to die, you’re going to die too!”

    Things are getting worse. The only thing we can do is get better. Please stay vigilant and safe!.

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