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Attempted Homicide of a Correctional Lieutenant Under Investigation

CORCORAN – A correctional lieutenant is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate Saturday at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran (SATF).

At around 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, a SATF correctional lieutenant was conducting a Rules Violation Report hearing with inmate Jarvis Bell, 33, regarding his alleged participation in a fight. During the hearing, Bell assaulted the lieutenant with an inmate-manufactured weapon, stabbing the lieutenant twice in the face. Bell was able to gain control of the lieutenant’s pepper spray, using it against the injured lieutenant.

A correctional sergeant and correctional officer immediately responded, using physical force and pepper spray to quell the attack. Bell continued to attack the responders, but together they quickly stopped the attack and restrained Bell. An inmate-manufactured weapon was recovered from the scene.

The correctional sergeant and correctional officer were transported to an outside hospital for treatment of the sergeant’s knee, which Bell kicked during the attack, and pain and bruising of the officer’s hands, back and shoulder. Both were treated and released.

The correctional lieutenant was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of contusions and two stab wounds to the eye area, which required three stitches. The lieutenant was treated and released and is recovering at home.

Bell was treated at the prison’s medical facility for a cut to his left eye and pepper spray to his face. He was transported to California State Prison-Corcoran, where he is being held in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit as the attack is investigated.

Bell was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on June 17, 2014, from Riverside County to serve 18 years, eight months for assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, bringing a firearm/weapon/explosive to prison; battery against a custodial officer, and resisting/deterring an officer with threats/violence (second striker).

Opened in August 1997, SATF provides housing, programs and services for approximately 5,600 minimum- and maximum-custody inmates and employs 1,800 people.


February 5, 2018

CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Huffman

(559) 992-7154