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Attempted Homicide, Battery of Kern Valley State Prison Correctional Officers Under Investigation

DELANO – Kern Valley State Prison officials are investigating two incidents that occurred Thursday, May 3 involving an alleged battery on a peace officer and attempted homicide of a peace officer.

In the first incident, at 7 a.m. inmate Charles Faultry, 32, approached a correctional officer and struck him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. Staff immediately sounded the alarm and ordered all inmates to get down on the ground. Faultry continued to strike at responding staff using an inmate-manufactured weapon. Multiple staff members were injured while trying to quell the attack. Faultry is being held in the prison’s administrative segregation unit while the attack is being investigated as an attempted homicide on a correctional officer.

Four staff members, including the officer who was attacked, were transported to outside hospitals for treatment of injuries and have since been released and are recovering at home.

Faultry was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) from San Francisco County on September 10, 2008 to serve 27 years and 8 months for multiple counts of first- and second-degree robbery with enhancements for the use and discharge of a firearm, and one count of assault with use of a firearm.  On August 17, 2011, he was convicted of attempted second-degree robbery and received an additional three-year sentence from Contra Costa County.

In the second incident, at 11 a.m., inmate Curley Broussard, 56, refused a correctional officer’s orders to return to his cell. The officer called for assistance in escorting Broussard. When staff attempted to place him in handcuffs, Broussard used both hands to strike the correctional officer in the chest. Broussard was ordered to get down on the ground, however he refused and responding officers used physical force and pepper spray to place Broussard in restraints.  Broussard was transported to an outside medical facility for treatment of minor injuries. Upon his return, he was placed in administrative segregation while the attack is investigated.  One correctional officer was transported to an outside medical facility for treatment and has since been released.

Broussard was received by CDCR on December 30, 1983 from Los Angeles County to serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder with use of a firearm. On September 23, 2010 he was convicted while in prison of battery on a non-prisoner and received an additional six-year sentence from Kings County.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses approximately 3900 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.


May 4, 2018

Contact: Alexandra Powell

(916) 445-4950