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Calipatria Prison Locked Down In Wake Of Fatal Riot

Sacramento, CA — Inmates at the state prison in Calipatria remain locked in their cells as investigations continue into a deadly riot that erupted in an exercise yard Thursday and spread to two buildings.

One inmate was killed during the uprising and 25 inmates and 25 guards were injured. Authorities say the fight began when a correctional officer was attacked by a member of the Southern Hispanic prison gang about 3:00 Thursday afternoon as he tried to search the inmate.

Prison officials say about 20 other gang members joined in the attack, and the officer suffered about five slash wounds to his head. He and another officer who was struck in the head were the most seriously injured. More than 90 inmates were taken to segregation units as the investigation continued Friday.