California guards, 7 inmates sent to hospital after attack

California guards, 7 inmates sent to hospital after attack

California guards, 7 inmates sent to hospital after attack

All of the injured guards were treated and released.

Eight staff members at the prison were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The CDCR has sent a Deadly Force Investigations Team to the prison to conduct criminal and administrative investigation into the use of deadly force.

Several hundred of the prison's roughly 2,000 high-security inmates were in an exercise yard when two inmates began fighting, she said.

However, as staff continued to try to subdue the two inmates, large groups of inmates from various areas of the yard ran toward the incident.

In response, officers stationed in armed posts used "lethal force" on the inmates.

Two weapons made by inmates were recovered from the scene. Several Pelican Bay prisoners helped trigger a 2013 prison hunger strike that brought national attention to solitary confinement practices in the state. Six were treated and released and two are still hospitalized.

FILE - In this August 17, 2011 file photo, correctional officers keep watch on inmates in the recreation yard at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. Officials say several California prison guards and inmates were taken to hospitals after a fight between two inmates quickly raged out of control Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Eight staff members and seven inmates were sent to the hospital with significant injuries.

The uproar led corrections officials to transfer 97 inmates into a special segregation unit and to restrict prisoner movements throughout the facility while the incident is investigated, the department said. One was expected to be airlifted to a different hospital for a higher level of care, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Peer Support Program was activated.

According to prison staff, the fight began at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24.

With two maximum-security facilities, the prison was created to house California's most serious criminal offenders in a secure, safe, and disciplined institutional setting.

Seven inmates were also hospitalized for their injuries. It now houses about 2,000 inmates.

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