TEHACHAPI – Officials at California Correctional Institution (CCI) are investigating inmate attacks on two correctional officers as attempted homicide.
On Monday, Nov. 4, at approximately 6:45 p.m. two inmates attacked staff in a housing unit office on Facility A. Officers used physical force and pepper spray to stop the violence.
The two officers were transported to area hospitals. Both sustained minor injuries and were treated and released. Peer support is being offered to staff.
An inmate-manufactured weapon was recovered at the scene and CCI’s Investigative Services Unit has launched an investigation into the incident. Inmate movement on Facility A has been limited to facilitate the investigation.
The inmates involved, Alfonso Verduzco and Christian Rodriguez, both sustained minor injuries and were treated at the prison. They were transported to another institution and rehoused in administrative segregation.
Verduzco, 26, was received from Riverside County on June 30, 2015. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for attempted first-degree murder with an enhancement of intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury/death.
Rodriguez, 24, was received from Ventura County on May 9, 2018. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with an enhancement of intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury/death.
CCI opened in 1932 and houses more than 3,700 minimum-, medium- and high-security inmates. CCI offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,500 people.
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