Thursday, March 19, 2009

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) - A riot at a California state prison has left one inmate dead and at least 16 others injured.

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Thursday that one inmate died of stab wounds inflicted by other prisoners.

Four inmates had been shot by guards and two others suffered stab wounds. They are expected to survive. Several inmates were bruised by blunt projectiles fired by prison guards.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as 23-year-old Oscar Cruz.

Thornton says the fight began Wednesday afternoon at the maximum-security prison near Delano, 30 miles north of Bakersfield.

Thornton says the cause of the fight is under investigation. No employees were injured.

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