Kern Valley State Prison officials are investigating two incidents that occurred Thursday involving an alleged battery on a peace officer and attempted homicide of a peace officer, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
At 7 a.m., inmate Charles Faultry, 32, approached a correctional officer and hit him in the face, CDCR officials said in a news release. The blow knocked the officer to the ground.
Faultry continued to strike at other prison staff using an inmate-manufactured weapon, and multiple staff members were injured while subduing him, according to the release. The incident is being investigated as an attempted homicide of a peace officer.
Four staff members, including the officer who was attacked, were transported to outside hospitals for treatment and have since been released.
In the second incident, at 11 a.m., inmate Curley Broussard, 56, refused a correctional officer’s orders to return to his cell. The officer called for assistance in escorting Broussard.
When staff attempted to place him in handcuffs, Broussard used both hands and struck the officer in the chest, the release said. Broussard was ordered to get on the ground, but refused.
Officers used physical force and pepper spray to place Broussard in restraints, the release said. He was taken to an outside medical facility for treatment of minor injuries.
One correctional officer was transported to an outside medical facility for treatment and has since been released.