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Inmate allegedly struck correctional officer in head, fought responding staff members

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 16:31:11-04

CORCORAN, Calif. — An inmate allegedly struck an officer in the head and fought responding staff members at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (SATF) in Corcoran.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), around 5:46 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, inmate Tylo Felic entered a housing unit on Facility C and, without warning, struck an officer in the head with his fist. The CDCR says Felix fought with responding staff members, who used batons and physical force to restrain him and remove him from the area.

The CDCR says the officer who was initially hit lost consciousness during the head. He was treated by medical personnel at the institution and taken by ambulance to an outside hospital for treatment. The CDCR says he was later released from the hospital and is recovering at home from a cut to his nose, facial swelling and shoulder swelling.

Three more officers who responded to the incident were treated and released from outside hospitals for minor injuries, including a swollen elbow, hand/wrist injuries/swelling and ankle swelling, according to the CDCR.

The CDCR says all four officers injured in the attack are currently on leave from work, pending follow-up medical appointments.

Thirty one-year-old Felix sustained facial lacerations and was treated and released from an outside hospital. The CDCR says he is being housed at the Administrative Segregation Unit at California State Prison, Corcoran while the incident is investigated.

Felix was received from Contra Costa County on April 23, 2009 with a sentence of 19 years for two counts of second-degree robbery, which are second-strike offenses. The CDCR says he received enhancements to his sentence for use of a firearm.

Following Wednesday's attack, movement on SATF's Facility C has been limited while the incident is being investigated by the prison's Investigative Services Unit. The Office of the Inspector General was also notified and CDCR's Peer Support Program (PSP) was activated. The CDCR says PSP ensures CDCR employees involved in work-related critical incidents are provided with intervention and resources to cope with traumatic events.