The Latest: California guards reset after mass attack

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Last massive attack on the guards at the California state prison (all times are local):

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Four inmates remain in hospital with gunshot wounds a day after California prison guards opened fire, after a mass-attack on eight guards by more than 100 prisoners.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Thursday that a Pelican Bay State Prison inmate must have a surgery, after he was shot in the chin. The other three were shot in the arms and legs.

All eight officers were treated and released for the beat of injuries, but will need surgery for a broken shoulder. He also has a broken eye socket.

One other officer has a broken nose, while a third needed stitches to close a wound around his left eye.

The guards fired 19 gun bullets to stop the attack in an exercise yard holding about 300 high-security prisoners near the Oregon border.


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Officials say a fight that forced prison guards to open fire with real bullets to stop a melee was unusual, even by the violent standards of the state of California in the prisons.

Pelican Bay State Prison guards fired 19 gun bullets to stop large groups of prisoners from the attacks of other prison guards on Wednesday.

Eight guards and seven prisoners had to be hospitalized.

The guards had been the breaking of a fistfight between two inmates when they were overwhelmed in an exercise yard filled with a few hundred high-security prisoners.

Premeditated or not, the mass attack was unusual. Ninety-seven prisoners were initially believed to have participated.

The eight guards were treated and released.

Five of the seven injured prisoners were treated for gunshot wounds in the prison, which houses about 2,000 inmates near the Oregon border.

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