Two correctional officers shot and killed two inmates who tried to kill another inmate during a knife attack at a Northern California prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
Frank Nunez, 32, and Raul Kuen, 48, suffered gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead Tuesday morning at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, prison officials said. news release.
Both reportedly attacked 68-year-old Anthony Aguilera with homemade weapons.
Prison officials say the attackers ignored verbal commands. The officers then used chemicals and fired a warning shot with a Mini-14 rifle before shooting the men. Officials say paramedics responded quickly, but both men were pronounced dead a short time later.
Aguilera was taken to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. None of the prison staff were injured.
The officers who fired the shots are now on administrative leave. Their names are being withheld while the department investigates the incident.
Kuehn was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for attempted first-degree murder in Tulare County.
Nanez was serving seven years to life in prison without parole. He was booked in Tulare County on the same charges as Kuehn, with additional charges of aggravated battery.
Aguilera is serving life in prison with the possibility of parole for attempted first and second degree murder. He also had convictions in Santa Clara County for aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated assault and committing a street gang act during a violent crime.