By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor, OPEC
A family outing at a popular bowling center quickly took a dark turn when a correctional officer found himself performing first-aid on a stabbing victim.
At around 11 p.m., as he was leaving the center, off-duty Correctional Officer Gilberto Jora heard screams coming from inside the bowling alley. He rushed back and found a man sitting on the floor, leaning against the ball-return machine. The victim was holding his abdomen as blood oozed from under his hands.
“A bystander in the crowd said the victim had been stabbed,” said Jora.
Officer Jora found a stab wound to the mid-section of his abdomen and a slice to his right bicep.
“I yelled for someone to call 911 and began life-saving measures,” he said. “I removed my shirt and applied it to the open wound on his abdomen to (help) stop the bleeding. With the assistance of another bystander, we placed a belt around the upper part of his right arm to contain the bleeding from his arm.”
Officer Jora tried to keep the victim awake, speaking to him to keep him calm.
“I let him know I was a peace officer and I was here to help,” he said. “I kept the victim calm and assured him help was on the way. … He began to lose consciousness. I stayed at his side until help arrived.”
About five minutes later, the local police department arrived and took control of the scene. An ambulance arrived right behind them.
“Further information revealed that the victim was an off-duty police officer,” he said.
Officer Jora works at California State Prison, Sacramento. The incident happened Sept. 8, 2016.