Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three Correctional Officers Assaulted at CSP-LAC

Six Inmates Placed in Administrative Segregation

SACRAMENTO -- Three correctional officers were treated and released after being attacked Tuesday during the morning meal by inmates at California State Prison-Los Angeles County in Lancaster.

Six inmates, so far, have been identified as being involved and have been placed in Administrative Segregation, pending investigation.

The most seriously injured in the attack, a female correctional officer, sustained bruising and swelling of the face, shoulder and neck area. Injuries to two male correctional officers were described as burns to the left thigh and left wrist of one and a deep laceration of the forehead and bruising around both eyes of the other. The prognosis for each is good.

Staff used force to end the assault and to ensure compliance by other inmates during the incident. The force consisted of the use of pepper spray, physical force and one baton round from a 40mm launcher.

The assault occurred about 7:45 a.m., June 28, in the dining hall of the Reception Center. As the inmates were being seated, two of them initiated the attack. Two other inmates did not immediately comply with orders to get down, but did so after force was used. Another two inmates were later found to have minor injuries consistent with being involved in the assault. No weapons were used by the inmates.

The inmates involved in the assault incurred minor injuries.

The Reception Center is operating under restrictions, but the remainder of the institution has returned to normal operation.

The Investigative Services Unit will conduct an investigation, and the Facility Captain will complete a threat assessment.

CSP-LAC in Lancaster serves as a Reception Center for short-term housing and classification of adult male offenders, and provides long-term housing for male inmates classified as minimum- , medium- and maximum-security. CSP-LAC opened in 1993, houses more than 4,600 inmates and employs more than 1,800 people.

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Contact: Michael Stratman (661) 729-6912