Inmate attacks officer at Wasco State Prison

A correctional officer is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate at Wasco State Prison (WSP).

At 4:48 p.m. Nov. 23, as the correctional officer was preparing to issue the evening meal, inmate Dustin McDonald, 25, attacked the officer, punching him and stabbing him in the face with an inmate-manufactured weapon. The officer sustained four puncture wounds to his face and one to his left arm. During the scuffle, the officer’s baton fell to the floor and McDonald picked it up, swinging it at the officer. The officer was able to retrieve his baton and defend himself. McDonald sustained two lacerations as a result.

The officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. He is now recovering at home. Inmate McDonald was also transported to a local hospital for treatment of two lacerations, and has been transferred to another institution.

McDonald was received by CDCR on Oct. 25, 2016, from Orange County to serve a life sentence for first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

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6 Responses

  1. #drivermod Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in turbulent times. We see on the news on a daily basis how law enforcement officers are under attack across the nation. Don’t think for 1 second that stops just because they are locked up. Watch each others’ backs, because at the end of the day.. each other is all we have in this deadly environment.

  2. M. PORTER Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 9:31 am

    I am glad that he is okay. We need to always be on alert these days. It seems that the population in prisons is ever changing.

  3. Lieutenant Rick Hamamoto Monday, November 28, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    I am so glad to hear that you weren’t killed under those circumstances. You sound like a brave and solid employee just trying to earn a living and doing your job as expected with a not so happy moment. I wish for you to have a good solid recovery and may GOD be with you. Take time to recover and I hope CCPOA has reached out to you and stood by you as the do for everyone of their members. They are a solid crew of caring people as we are too especially working in the Toughest Beat in the State.

    Take Care,
    Lt. Rick Hamamoto
    CMF Supervisory VP CCPOA

  4. Barbara Monday, November 28, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    I pray for a speedy recovery for the officer. Thank you for all you do for our institutions.

  5. N. Ramirez Monday, November 28, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    God bless and protect everyone in uniform. Speedy recovery to the officer!

  6. Gina McCrae-Moore Monday, November 28, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    OMG, I’m so happy he was able to defend himself and now he’s home recovering. We have to remember that these inmates are watching us all the time, we have to stay ready.

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