SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a state correctional officer was knocked out cold during an attack by an inmate at a Central California prison.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the officer was approached from behind and assaulted Wednesday morning in the medical clinic at Salinas Valley State Prison.
The officer fell to the ground, striking his head and losing consciousness.
The inmate, 29-year-old Walter Weeks, was subdued and taken to a segregated unit.
The officer, whose name was not released, was transported to a hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
Weeks is serving a 24-year sentence for carjacking and second-degree robbery.
Salinas Valley State Prison houses 3,530 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs approximately 1,400 staff.
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