VICTORVILLE, Calif. — A prisoner involved in the attack of another inmate at a Victorville Federal Correctional Institution Friday morning was shot by a staff member, officials said.
It happened on August 31, 2018, at about 8:15 am, when staff at United States Penitentiary (USP) Victorville responded to a report of two inmates assaulting another inmate on the outside recreation yard, according to Bureau Of Prisons spokeswoman Alicia Chandler.
Chandler said staff issued verbal orders for the inmates to stop their assaultive behavior and then non-lethal munitions and a warning shot were fired, but the two inmates continued their assault.
“After the inmates failed to comply with any of these warnings, one of the two assailants was subsequently shot by staff and as a result of his wound was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of his injuries,” stated Chandler.
The inmate who was assaulted was also transported to an outside hospital for treatment of his injuries. The third inmate was medically assessed for injuries at USP Victorville.
No staff were injured and at no time was the public in danger.
The inmate population was returned to their housing units and the institution was placed on limited operational status. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been notified and an investigation will be conducted.
According to the FBP website, all visiting at this facility has been suspended until further notice and the institution will return to normal operations as soon as possible.
The USP is a high-security facility within the Federal Correction Complex in Victorville, California, which currently houses 1,179 male offenders.