- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

DELANO, Calif. (AP) - The California Department of Corrections says guards have been injured by prisoners in two assaults at Kern Valley State Prison.

The first assault occurred about 6:40 a.m. Monday when an inmate refused to go into a cell and punched one of two escorting officers, knocking one down stairs.

The department says another inmate ran out of the cell and joined the attack, which was quelled by less-lethal rounds, pepper spray, physical force and a baton.

One officer was hospitalized for a broken sinus and an inmate was treated for a head injury.

Thirty minutes later, an inmate punched an officer in the face while returning to a cell, drawing use of force.

Several officers were injured but didn’t need outside hospitalization. The inmate was treated for facial injuries.

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