Authorities are investigating what they call an unusual string of assaults that injured nine employees at a single Southern California state prison, sending five to the hospital for treatment within days of each other.
Such multiple assaults are uncommon and concerning, corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Monday. They are not believed to be related but officials are investigating.
A correctional counselor’s nose was broken Monday by an inmate at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County. The counselor also required eight stitches after officials said Ronnie Moody, 35, became irate.
Moody, who is serving a nearly 12-year sentence from San Francisco for crimes including attempted robbery and resisting arrest, was treated at the prison for minor injuries.
Three other inmates then attacked three other responding officers, causing minor injuries.
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