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Four Correctional Officers Recovering After Inmate Attack

SAN DIEGO – Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officials are investigating a staff assault that sent four correctional officers to the hospital.

On August 17, 2016, at 2 p.m., inmate Charles Morgan, 33, spit on a correctional officer and struck him in the face. Inmate Morgan then attacked a responding officer by striking her in the face and knocking her to the ground where she hit the back of her head. Morgan struck two more officers who responded to the incident by hitting them with his fists and elbows. Officers used pepper spray and physical force to subdue and restrain the inmate.

The four officers were taken to an outside hospital for treatment. Three officers suffered minor injuries. One officer suffered a concussion and was treated for a head injury. She was released and is recovering at home with her family. All the officers are expected to recover.

Inmate Morgan was treated by medical staff at the prison and last night was admitted to a hospital in the community.

Inmate Morgan was admitted to state prison on January 7, 2013, from San Diego County and is serving a six-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. In 2001, he served a two-year sentence from San Luis Obispo County for battery on a peace officer. In 2004, while still in custody, Morgan received a two-year sentence from San Diego County for battery on a non-prisoner. And in 2005, he battered on a correctional officer and received a three-year sentence from San Diego County for battery on a non-prisoner inflicting great bodily injury.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County. The primary mission of the prison is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides health care, vocational, academic and industrial programs for nearly 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.

AUGUST 18, 2016

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