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Attempted Murder Incident Under Investigation at Donovan Correctional Facility

Authorities are investigating an attempted murder incident at San Diego County’s Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, where an inmate struck two staff members with concrete rock, sending them to the hospital.

The incident happened at approximately 9:25 a.m. Monday when inmate Williams Dawes, 36, ran up behind a correctional captain and swung a large piece of concrete rock at him, striking the back of his head, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilition

When another officer responded, Dawes attacked him as well, striking him in the face with the rock, according to a news release. The officer defended himself, forcing Dawes to the ground. Additional officers used a baton and physical force to subdue and restrain Dawes.

The captain suffered a head injury and the officer suffered injuries to his face and head. Both were taken to an outside hospital, where they were treated and released. A Sergeant was also treated for minor injuries at the prison.

Dawes suffered minor injuries and was treated at the prison by medical staff, where he was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending an investigation.

The captain, sergeant and officer are all expected to make full recoveries, a spokesman for the facility said.

Dawes is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of an 11-year-old girl. He was admitted to the Donovan Correctional Facility on Dec. 10, 2008 from Orange County.

No other information was immediately available.

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