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Two Calipatria State Prison Correctional Officers Recovering from Inmate Assault

CALIPATRIA – Two correctional officers are being treated for injuries they suffered from an attack by a Calipatria State Prison inmate Sunday.

On October 13 at 9:45 a.m., a correctional officer approached inmate Anthony J. Martin to escort him to a program office to speak to a sergeant. The inmate turned and unexpectedly punched the officer in his face, knocking him to the ground.

Inmate Martin then picked up a metal chair and was standing over the officer on the ground. A second officer came to the aid of the first officer and fended off the inmate’s attack. Inmate Martin threw the metal chair at the responding officer.

Inmate Martin was subdued by responding staff and subsequently re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation into the incident.

The officers were taken to an area hospital and treated for their injuries.

The first officer, a 20-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), suffered a split upper lip and broken teeth. Some of his teeth are lodged in his upper palate. He will need to undergo specialized surgery and is at home recovering.

The second officer, a 22-year veteran of CDCR, suffered bruising to his arms and legs caused when the inmate threw the metal chair at him. He is at home recovering as well.

Martin was committed to CDCR on July 22, 1999, from San Diego County with an 11-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. He suffered injuries to his right fist and was treated at the prison.

The incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office.

Facility D, where the incident occurred, is under a modified program that limits inmate movement to absolutely necessary travel such as trips to the infirmary, law library and the showers as prison officials investigate the cause of the attack.

The prison opened in 1992 and houses 3,707 inmates, 1,700 of whom are serving life and 594 serving life without the possibility of parole. There are 1,280 people employed at the prison.


October 14, 2013
CONTACT: Lt. Everardo Silva
(760) 604-1618