Sacto 9-1-1
November 1, 2012
Inmate shot to break up assault at High Desert prison

Correctional officers shot an inmate at the state prison near Susanville Wednesday to stop him from kicking another prisoner in the head, officials said.

The outbreak of violence began about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at High Desert State Prison. Three inmates were seen kicking a 33-year-old convicted murderer from Los Angeles County in the head.

Prison staff ordered the assault to stop. The assailants, two convicted of drug charges and the third a kidnapper, failed to stop kicking, according to a prison press release.

Officers then fired two warning shots, which still did not stop the assault, officials said. Finally, one of the inmates was shot by an officer. The prisoner, a 36-year-old from Los Angeles County convicted of drug possession, suffered a gunshot wound in the hip.

The inmate wounded by gunfire was treated at a local hospital. The convicted murderer lost consciousness from being kicked in the head by the boot-wearing inmates and also was treated at a hospital outside the prison.

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