Three correctional officers at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are being treated for injuries they sustained from two separate assaults by inmates on Sept. 24.
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Facility C, one of SAC’s high-security general population yards, two inmates began stabbing another with an inmate-manufactured weapon. As officers attempted to stop the attack another inmate refused to get down and blocked them from responding to the area. Officers were able to subdue the inmate who was blocking them and stopped the attack.
The inmate victim was removed from the yard and was transported to an outside hospital for treatment. He is currently in fair condition.
As three correctional officers and one sergeant approached the inmate who blocked responding staff, approximately 10 inmates stood up and began attacking all four with their fists.
Additional custody staff responded and used pepper spray to stop the attack. One warning shot from the Ruger Mini 14 rifle was fired as well.
Two officers were transported to an outside hospital, one for treatment for a strained right elbow and the other for a strained wrist and forearm. Both officers have been released and have returned to the prison.
As custody staff escorted inmates back to their cells, another officer was attacked and struck in the back of the head by an inmate. He is being treated at an outside hospital as a precaution for any potential head injuries.
The cause of the incident is currently under investigation and will be referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison housing approximately 2,200 general population and sensitive needs inmates and employing about 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment. It was the first state prison in California to achieve accreditation with the American Correctional Association.