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Folsom prison riot: Prisoner wounded near hip, 12 others injured

September 20, 2012 |  9:03 am

Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked a riot in a state prison in Folsom that left 13 prisoners injured, including one who was shot in the region of his hip.

The incident started at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday in a maximum-security yard at California State Prison-Sacramento, adjacent to Folsom State Prison, according to authorities.  

Officers shot six rounds from a Mini-14 rifle while trying to stop the riot and wounded one inmate in the "hip or flank" area, according to reports.

Twelve additional inmates were taken to hospitals with stab and slash wounds, as well as head injuries, officials said. Four were treated and returned to the prison.

The conditions of those who remained hospitalized Wednesday night were unknown, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Numerous others who sustained minor injuries were treated at the prison, Thornton said.

There were no reports of injuries to officers or prison staff.

A deadly force investigation team from the corrections department is conducting a criminal and administrative investigation of the incident, and a deadly force review board will look into the handling of the riot, officials said.


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