CALIPATRIA, Calif. — A 30-year-old Orange County inmate, convicted of Murder, died as a result of injuries he sustained while fighting with two other inmates on Thursday.
No corrections staff members were injured in the fight, which started on September 10 at 3:15 p.m. when three inmates began to fight on the yard according to preliminary reports.
Response teams from the facility converged on the scene of the fight, which took place on the Facility B general population, Level IV yard, a maximum-security area, quelling the violence and subduing the inmates after about 2 minutes.
Staff used pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber rounds to control the violence.
Staff attempted life sustaining medical procedures and the injured inmate was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased around 4:59 p.m. The deceased inmate’s name is not being released pending notification of next of kin.
Inmate movement is limited as prison officials continue to investigate the cause of the fight. The identity of the involved inmates is not being released pending further investigation.
Calipatria State Prison opened in 1992 and houses about 3,500 inmates, 1,700 of whom are serving life and 594 are serving life without the possibility of parole. There are 1,280 employees at the prison.