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Attempted Murder of a State Prison Employee

CORCORAN – California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (CSATF) investigators have launched an investigation into the attempted murder of a 38-year-old registered nurse, who is a six-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 5:25 p.m., the nurse was treating an inmate.  Without warning, the inmate jumped up and started choking the nurse, using his hands and the chain of the handcuffs.  Custody staff immediately intervened and, after their orders were ignored by the inmate, used physical force and their batons to release the nurse.
The inmate continued to resist the officers before they gained his compliance.
The nurse was taken by ambulance to an outside hospital where she was treated for injuries.  She was later released and is recovering at home.
Four officers suffered minor injuries.  Three were treated at an outside hospital.
The inmate was taken to an outside hospital for treatment and returned to the institution. The inmate, age 27, is serving a two-year sentence from Los Angeles County for second-degree robbery. He has been in state prison since May 8, 2012.
CSATF’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating this incident. The Kings County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Inspector General were notified.
CSATF houses minimum-, medium- and maximum-security male inmates.  The prison opened in Kings County in 1997, houses 5,491 inmates and employs approximately 1,900 people.
August 2, 2012
Contact: Lupe Cartagena (559) 992-7154
or Terry Thornton (916) 445-4950