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3 Correctional Peace Officers Hospitalized After Inmate Attack at San Diego-Area Prison

Three correctional peace officers are recovering after an inmate attacked them at a San Diego-area correctional facility, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. 

The incident happened at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday when inmate Timothy Green, 55, knocked a correctional officer unconscious by striking the right side of his face at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, authorities said. 

Green continued attacking the officer, prompting a lieutenant to try to subdue him, according to the CDCR. Green then allegedly head-butted the lieutenant in the face. 

A third officer responded to help restrain Green. 

Two officers and the lieutenant were injured and taken to an outside hospital for treatment. The first officer involved suffered a head injury, the second suffered a sprained forearm and the lieutenant suffered a sprained hand, authorities said.

They were later released and are all expected to make a full recovery. The inmate was not injured.

Green has been moved to the facility's Administrative Segregation Unit while authorities investigate. 

He was first admitted to state prison in 1988 in Los Angeles County with a 15-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder. In 1991, he was sentenced to two years in prison for battery on a peace officer in Solano County. In 2014, he was sentenced to an additional two years in prison for aggravated battery on a peace officer by gassing and battery on a non-prisoner. 

It is unclear if Green will face charges in connection with the incident. 

The Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility provides housing and supervision for approximately 3,200 male minimum to high-security inmates. It sits southeast of San Diego near the Otay County Open Space Preserve. 

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