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Inmate injures correctional officer at state prison in Lancaster

Guards arrive for their shifts at the California State Prison in Lancaster in 2004.
(Bryan Chan/Los Angeles Times)

A correctional officer was injured during an attack by an inmate at the California State Prison in Lancaster, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The attack occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday when two officers approached George Hudson, 30, and told him he was being placed on “restricted status” for violating prison rules and regulations after he was caught possessing a cellphone.

At one point, Hudson turned toward one of the officers and punched him in the nose, prison officials said in a statement. The second officer tried to put Hudson in handcuffs but he resisted and elbowed that officer in the chest, officials said.

“Hudson broke away and ran toward a third responding officer, who used pepper spray to subdue the attack,” prison officials said.

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The first officer suffered a fractured nose and was taken to a hospital outside of the facility for treatment. Hudson and the other two officers were uninjured.

Hudson entered prison on Jan. 4, 2013, and was serving a sentence of 40 years to life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder.

The California State Prison in Lancaster provides long-term housing for male inmates classified as minium-medium and maximum-security.

ruben.vives@latimes.com

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