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Inmate shot at High Desert State Prison during assault

Susanville – On Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at approximately 2:40 pm, a 36-year-old High Desert State Prison (HDSP) inmate was shot in the right hip as he was kicking another inmate in the head.  Two additional suspects were also seen kicking the victim of the assault. They were all wearing boots.  HDSP Facility A staff saw the victim being kicked in the head and ordered the three suspects to stop the assault.  After the suspects failed to stop the assault the Facility A staff fired two warning shots.  The suspects continued the assault and one of the suspects was shot in the right hip. 

The victim of the assault lost consciousness during the incident.  He was treated at the HDSP Correctional Treatment Center and later was transported to an outside hospital for additional treatment.  The inmate suspect that sustained the gunshot wound was transported to an outside hospital for treatment. 

The second and third suspects in this case were not injured and were placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit. 

The victim was received from Los Angeles County and is serving a 33-year-to-life sentence for murder.  The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The first suspect is a 36-year-old received from Los Angeles County and is serving a three-year, eight-month sentence for possession of controlled substances for sale.  The names of the suspects are being withheld pending investigation into this incident.

The second suspect is a 29-year-old received from Orange County and is serving a 37-year sentence for kidnapping.

The third suspect is a 30-year-old received from Orange County and is serving a 9-year sentence for selling controlled substances.

The case is under investigation by the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office, the Investigative Services Unit at HDSP, and the Deadly Force Investigation Team.  The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

High Desert State Prison located in Lassen County opened in 1995 and houses 3,537, minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody Inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs more than 1,275 people.

November 1, 2012


Contact Lt. Nick Albonico
(530) 251-5100