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Inmate from L.A. County shot by prison guard during assault

November 1, 2012 |  4:57 pm

High Desert State Prison
A 36-year-old inmate from Los Angeles County was shot in the hip by a guard at High Desert State Prison during an attack on an another inmate, authorities said Thursday afternoon.

The inmate who was shot was kicking the victim in the head with two other inmates Wednesday afternoon when a guard ordered them to stop, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

They kept beating the victim, prompting a guard to fire two warning shots.

"The suspects continued the assault and one of the suspects was shot in the right hip," the department said in a statement. 

The wounded inmate was serving a three-year, eight-month sentence for possession of controlled substances for sale. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The victim lost consciousness and also was taken to a hospital for treatment. He is from Los Angeles County and is serving a 33-year-to-life sentence for murder, according to authorities. 

Located in Lassen County, the prison opened in 1995 and houses about 3,500 inmates.

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Photo: Aerial view of High Desert State Prison. Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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