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Inmate shot and killed at High Desert State Prison

November 10, 2012 | 10:16 am

Guards shot and killed a 23-year-old inmate Friday at High Desert State Prison in Susanville during an attack on another inmate, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The inmate who was killed was one of two who attacked another inmate in a maximum-security yard. The man who was being attacked "was knocked to the ground and the two attacking inmates kicked him in his head and stabbed him several times with an inmate-made weapon," the department said in a statement.

The attacking inmates continued their assault, and a correctional officer fired one round from a state-issued Mini-14 rifle, hitting one of the attackers, according to the department. The inmate who was shot was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m. Friday. He had been serving an 82-year-to-life sentence from San Diego County for first-degree murder, the department said.

The 29-year-old victim of the attack by the other inmates was treated at the prison for stab and slash wounds and injuries to his head.

The other inmate involved in the attack was not injured. That inmate, 29, is serving a life sentence without parole from Riverside County for first-degree murder, the department said.

Authorities are withholding the names of the inmates involved, pending investigation, according to the statement.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and other authorities are investigating the use of deadly force.

Last month, a High Desert State Prison inmate was shot and wounded by a guard during an attack on another inmate.

The 36-year-old inmate from Los Angeles County was shot in the right hip Oct. 31. He and two others were kicking another inmate in the head, and a guard ordered them to stop. They continued beating the victim, prompting a guard to fire two warning shots, according to officials.


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