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California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran Investigating Battery on Peace Officers

CORCORAN – Officials at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (SATF) are investigating an inmate’s attack on correctional officers.

At 5:46 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, inmate Tylo Felix entered a housing unit on Facility C and, without warning, struck an officer in the head with his fist. Felix fought with responding staff members, who used batons and physical force to restrain him and remove him from the area.

The officer who was initially struck lost consciousness during the incident. He was treated by medical personnel at the institution and taken by ambulance to an outside hospital for treatment. That officer was later released from the hospital and is recovering at home from a cut to his nose, facial swelling and swelling of his shoulder.

Three more officers who responded to the incident were treated and released from outside hospitals for minor injuries, including a swollen elbow, hand/wrist injuries/swelling and ankle swelling. All four officers injured in the attack are currently on leave from work, pending follow-up medical appointments.

Felix, 31, sustained facial lacerations and was treated and released from an outside hospital. He is being housed at the Administrative Segregation Unit at California State Prison, Corcoran while the incident is investigated. Felix was received from Contra Costa County on April 23, 2009 with a sentence of 19 years for two counts of second-degree robbery, which are second-strike offenses. He received enhancements to his sentence for use of a firearm.

Following Wednesday’s attack, movement on SATF’s Facility C has been limited while the incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit. The Office of the Inspector General was also notified and CDCR’s Peer Support Program (PSP) was activated. PSP ensures CDCR employees involved in work-related critical incidents are provided with intervention and resources to cope with traumatic events.

SATF opened in Kings County in 1997 and houses Level II, III and IV inmates. The institution specializes in substance abuse treatment, houses more than 5,400 inmates and employs nearly 2,000 people.


CONTACT: Lt. Eric Smith(559) 992-7100