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Inmate Attacks Correctional Sergeant with Weapon

Two responding officers injured while subduing inmate

CORCORAN – An inmate at California State Prison-Corcoran attacked a Correctional Sergeant with an inmate-made weapon the afternoon of February 2, inflicting injuries to his head. Two officers who responded were also injured while subduing the inmate, Tavis Ray Thompson, 36.

During the shower program, Thompson slipped his handcuffs and charged the sergeant with a weapon in his right hand. He struck the sergeant several times on the left side of his head.

The unit alarm was sounded, and responding officers used physical force and batons to subdue Thompson.

The sergeant’s injuries were described as a scratch on the left side of his face; a slash on the back of the ear; and abrasions to the lower back of his head, both hands, right elbow and both knees. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The responding officers were also taken to a hospital, one for treatment of a sprained wrist sustained when he was kicked by inmate Thompson, the other for swelling on the back of the hand.

Thompson was treated for abrasions on his head, back and left knee, as well as swelling on the left side of his face, and then returned to his cell.

The weapon was described a piece of aluminum sharpened on one side and attached to a cardboard handle.

The incident is being reviewed by investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran and from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

Thompson was admitted from Imperial County on July 3, 2003 with a 55-years-to-life sentence for assault with a deadly weapon, assault by a life prisoner and possession of a weapon by a prisoner. He also served a prior commitment from Los Angeles County in 1995 for carjacking with the use of a weapon.  His arrest history consists of receiving known stolen property, robbery, assault with a firearm, carjacking, battery by a prisoner, aggravated battery by a prisoner, battery on a custodial officer and assault by a prisoner.

California State Prison-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,576 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.

February 4, 2013CONTACT:  ANTHONY BAER(559) 992-6104