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Four Correctional Officers Recovering After Inmate Attacks Them: CDCR

Four correctional officers are recovering after they were attacked by an inmate at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials said.

The incident happened Wednesday at approximately 2 p.m. when inmate Charles Morgan, 33, spit on a correctional officer and hit him in the face.

When another officer responded, the inmate struck her in the face and knocked her to the ground, where she hit the back of her head.

The inmate struck two more responding officers, hitting them with his fist and elbows, CDCR officials said.

Officers used pepper spray and physical force to subdue and restrain Morgan, officials said.

Three officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A fourth officer was taken to the hospital with a concussion and was treated for a head injury; she was released and is now recovering with her family at home.

All four officers are expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

Morgan was treated by the medical staff at the prison. He was later rehoused in Administrative Segregation.

Morgan is serving a six-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. He was admitted to state prison on Jan. 7, 2013.

He previously served a two-year sentence in San Luis Obispo County for battery on a peace officer in 2001. Three years later, in 2003, Morgan was sentenced to two years in San Diego County for battery on a non-prisoner. In 2005, he was sentenced to three years for battery on a non-prisoner inflicting great bodily injury after he attacked a correctional officer in San Diego County.

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