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Inmate Attack on Correctional Officers at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Under Investigation

SAN DIEGO –Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) authorities are investigating an inmate attack on six correctional officers and those involved could face charges of attempted murder of a peace officer.

At 3:55 p.m. approximately 20 inmates were on a facility recreation yard when some began an attack on six correctional officers.

The inmates involved ignored commands to stop the violence and less-lethal measures used. A warning shot was issued and quelled the attack. Additional officers immediately responded to the scene. It is currently unknown how many inmates participated in the attack and is part of the ongoing investigation.

Medical staff responded and began treating officers and inmates. Six officers, with injuries including stab wounds, lacerations and possible broken bones were transported to an area hospital for a higher level of care. Two inmates were also transported to outside hospitals for treatment. Other inmates involved were taken to the prison’s medical facility for care.

Several weapons were recovered at the scene.

The names of those suspected to be involved in the attack are not being released due to the ongoing investigation.

The incident is being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. Inmates involved will be rehoused as appropriate, including being placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit. Movement will be limited at the prison to aid the investigation, and the Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

RJD opened in 1987 and houses approximately 3,624 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-security inmates. RJD’s primary mission is to provide long-term housing and professional rehabilitative services for inmates of all custody levels.


Contact: Terri Hardy