Inmate from L.A. County shot by prison guard during assault
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.
— Robert J. Lopez