Centinela State Prison is on lockdown as prison staff investigate the stabbing of a correctional officer by an inmate.
Deavonne Long, Centinela public information officer/administrative assistant to the warden, said today Arturo Gomez, 30, an inmate from Kings County, allegedly assaulted a 27-year-old correctional officer around 2:40 p.m. Monday.
Long said the officer was securing cell doors after inmates had been released into the yard.
Gomez approached the officer and without saying a word threw a punch at the officer but missed when the officer ducked. Gomez swung again, this time with a razor blade in his hand, Long said.
Long said the razor came from a disposable shaver given to inmates.
Gomez walked off but remained near the area. Investigators weren't sure if the officer walked to the infirmary or remained on the ground until assistance came.