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RJ Donovan Correctional Officer Recovering from Inmate Assault

SAN DIEGO – A correctional officer was treated for injuries suffered from an attack by an inmate at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF).
At 8:05 p.m. Feb. 8, as inmates in a Facility D housing unit were receiving medication, inmate Jason Harmon, 37, rushed at a correctional officer with a weapon in his right hand. He struck the officer in his chest with the pointed end of the weapon, making contact with the officer’s stab-resistant vest. Harmon, resisting the officer’s efforts to subdue him, continued his attack. Additional officers rushed to assist, and were able to quell the attack and recover the inmate-manufactured weapon.
Harmon was received by CDCR on Feb. 1, 2011, from Riverside County to serve a life sentence forattempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, carjacking, buying or receiving stolen equipment and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly.
The officer, 27, was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor bruises and scrapes. Inmate Harmon was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a head laceration and possible hand fracture, and has been re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit. Inmate movement on D Facility has been limited pending an investigation into this incident.
The primary mission of the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides vocational, academic and industrial programs.

For more information contact Robert Brown at (619) 661-6500, ext. 8654.