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Correctional officers shoot, kill two inmates during an attack on a California prison


According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, two correctional officers shot and killed two inmates who attempted to kill another inmate during a stabbing at a Northern California jail.

Frank Nanez, 32, and Raul Cuen, 48, suffered the gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead Tuesday morning at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, prison officials said in a press release.

Both men allegedly attacked Anthony Aguilera, 68, with improvised weapons.

Prison officials say the attackers ignored verbal orders. The officers then used chemicals and a warning shot with a Mini-14 rifle before firing at the men. Officials say medics responded quickly, but both men were pronounced dead soon after.

Aguilera was transported to a local hospital and is hospitalized in serious condition. No prison staff were injured.

The officers who fired are currently on administrative leave. Their names are withheld while the department investigates the incident.

Cuen was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for attempted first-degree murder in Tulare County.

Nanez was serving a sentence of seven years to life without the possibility of parole. He was convicted in Tulare County on the same charge as Cuen, with additional charges of intentionally firing a firearm.

Aguilera is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for convictions of attempted first degree murder. He was also convicted in Santa Clara County of intentionally firing a firearm, inflicting grievous bodily harm, and committing a street gang crime during a violent crime.

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