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Correctional Officer Recovering from Attack at CTF

SOLEDAD – A correctional officer is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate Friday at Correctional Training Facility.

At 9:15 a.m. Friday, July 26, inmate Michael Ellison, 36, was being escorted by a correctional officer to his assigned cell when he attacked the officer with an inmate-manufactured weapon, striking him multiple times in the face and body. Staff immediately responded to the incident and used physical force and pepper spray to stop the attack.

During the altercation, the officer suffered lacerations to his forehead, right thigh and left hand and exposure to pepper spray. He was taken to an outside hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. Ellison did not sustain any injuries and was transported to Salinas Valley State Prison.

Since 2004, Ellison has been serving a life-with-the-possibility-of-parole sentence from Riverside County for second-degree murder. During his incarceration, he received convictions from Kern and Kings counties for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner and assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon. In 2014, he received a 14-year sentence from Kern County for assault with a deadly weapon. Ellison is also currently on trial for the 2018 homicide of another inmate.

The primary mission of CTF is to provide housing, programs and services for minimum- and medium-custody inmates. CTF opened in 1946; covers 680 acres, and is a three-facility complex with each facility functioning independently.


July 26, 2019                

Contact: Lt. Carlos Espinoza

(831) 678-5952