There was a major prison riot at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison on Wednesday.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation stated that prison officials are investigating an incident that sent eight officers to the hospital with injuries.
At 10:25 a.m. Wednesday, custody staff responded to a fistfight between two inmates according to Lost Coast Outpost. Responding staff used chemical agents and batons to subdue the inmates. But, the inmates kept on fighting.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation stated, “As staff continued to try to subdue the two inmates, large groups of inmates from various areas of the yard ran toward the incident. The officers were overwhelmed as the inmates started attacking them. Officers from three armed posts used lethal force to stop the attacks firing a total of 19 .223 caliber rounds from the mini-14 rifle and three 40-millimeter direct impact rounds.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports eight staff members were taken to a hospital with injuries. Six were treated and released but two are still hospitalized and their injuries are being described as significant but not life-threatening. Seven inmates, five with gunshot wounds, have also been injured.
[California Department of Corrections]