LOS ANGELES – Six correctional officers are recovering from injuries after being battered by a California Men’s Colony (CMC) inmate this morning.
At approximately 8:45 a.m., inmate Christopher McCoy, 34, was discovered by staff to be attempting to commit suicide. When prison staff intervened, inmate McCoy attacked them with a plastic cup and his fists. The injured officers were sent to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. At least one of the officers sustained serious injuries; however, none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. All officers have been released from the hospital.
The inmate was transported to a separate community hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries incurred during the attack.
Inmate McCoy was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from Mendocino County on June 10, 1999 to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.
The matter will be referred to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
CMC opened in 1964 and houses approximately 5,100 minimum- and medium-custody inmates. The prison offers academic classes and vocational programs, as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 1,800 people.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2013 Contact: Frank Perez (805)547-7948