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California State Prison‑Sacramento Investigating Deadly Force Incident

FOLSOM — Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating an incident that occurred Friday, Oct. 20, in which one inmate was fatally shot.

At about 2:20 p.m., an inmate was attacked on the B Facility recreation yard by two inmates with stabbing weapons. Correctional officers used 40mm direct impact rounds, blast dispersion OC pepper spray grenades and fired one warning round with a Ruger Mini-14 to stop the attack, but it continued and a fourth inmate joined.

Two additional shots fired from the Ruger Mini-14 struck two inmates. Jamie Mardis, 38, was pronounced dead at the prison’s medical unit at 2:30 p.m. His next-of-kin have been notified.

A second inmate was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound and is in critical condition.

The other two inmates involved in the incident suffered minor injuries and were treated at the prison. Their names, and the name of the second inmate who was shot, are being withheld pending investigation into the incident.

Two inmate-manufactured weapons were recovered at the scene. No staff members were injured in the incident.

Mardis was received by CDCR on July 6, 2012, from Kern County with an 11-year sentence for second-degree robbery by a second-striker. He received an additional two-year sentence in June 2016 for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner.

This incident is being investigated by the prison Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of the Inspector General was notified. CDCR also sent a Deadly Force Investigations Team (DFIT) to SAC to investigate the incident. DFIT is a team of trained CDCR investigators that conducts criminal and administrative investigations into every use of deadly force. A deadly force review board will conduct a full and complete review of the incident as well. Inmate movement and programming is limited to facilitate the investigation.


Activated in 1986, California State Prison, Sacramento is a maximum-security prison that houses approximately 2,100 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses long-term inmates, inmates requiring specialized mental health programming, and inmates with high risk medical concerns.

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