The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 30, 2010
Officer stabbed at Centinela State Prison

A Centinela State Prison officer was stabbed Thursday afternoon inside one of the facility's housing units.

The victim, who we're not naming at the request of the department, suffered 4 puncture and slash wounds in the back of his neck and on the side of his torso. Prison medical staff assisted the officer, then sent him to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

"We expect he'll have a speedy recovery," Centinela spokesman Richard Dubbe told The State Worker. "He's in good spirits."

A 6-inch to 7-inch metal weapon was recovered near where the officer was attacked. A inmate suspected in the assault is currently in custody and has been moved to another facility.

Hat tip to Paco Villa's Corrections Blog for flagging this incident for The State Worker.

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