Prison on lockdown following stabbing of correctional officer

May 16, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

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.


Gomez was restrained without further incident.

The guard was taken in a state vehicle to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, where he was treated for a four-inch cut to the left side of his neck and released that day.

Gomez is in Centinela prison serving three years for assaulting an officer in 1999 while at a substance abuse treatment facility in Corcoran. He was scheduled to be released in April 2002.

Long said prison officials will seek prosecution of Gomez and if successful it could mean Gomez's third strike. He remained in the prison today.

The officer is single and has worked at the prison for five years. Long said the officer has been in contact with the prison since the assault and is eager to return to work.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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