A prison lieutenant is recovering after being stabbed in the face by an inmate at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran.
About 4:45 p.m. Saturday, the lieutenant was conducting a rules violation hearing with inmate Jarvis Bell, 33, for alleged participation in a fight. Bell stabbed the lieutenant twice in the face with an inmate-made weapon and grabbed the lieutenant’s pepper spray and used it against him, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
A sergeant and an officer subdued Bell by using physical force and pepper spray as he continued to attack them.
The lieutenant was taken to a hospital for treatment of two stab wounds to the eye area, which required three stitches. The lieutenant is recovering at home, CDCR said. The sergeant was kicked in the knee and was treated, while the officer was treated hands, back and shoulder bruises.
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The inmate was treated at the prison’s medical facility for a cut to his left eye and pepper spray to his face. He was taken to neighboring Corcoran State Prison, where he is being held in the maximum-security administrative segregation unit. Saturday’s attack is being investigated as an attempted murder.
Bell has been in prison since June 17, 2014, from Riverside County, serving18 years and eight months for assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, bringing a weapon to prison, battery of a custodial officer, and resisting or deterring an officer with threats or violence.
The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility opened in 1997 and provides housing, programs and services for approximately 5,600 minimum- and maximum-custody inmates and employs 1,800 people.