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Inmate Killed By Guard At High Desert State Prison

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SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) - State officials say a correctional officer fatally shot an inmate who was stabbing another inmate at a maximum-security prison in Lassen County.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says it sent a deadly force investigations team to investigate Thursday's shooting at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

Officials say the incident began just after 11 a.m. when two inmates attacked a third inmate in a prison yard, kicking him in the head and stabbing him with a makeshift weapon.

The department says when the attacking inmates ignored orders to stop the assault, an officer fired his weapon, killing 1 of the inmates.

Officials did not release the fatally wounded inmate's name, but say he was serving an 82-year-to-life sentence for first-degree murder in San Diego County.

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