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Inmate Killed During CCC Dining Hall Riot


cdcrnewsOfficials at the California Correctional Center in Susanville are investigating the cause of an August 16th dining hall riot in which one inmate, who was allegedly attacking another inmate with a weapon, was fatally shot by a Correctional Officer attempting to quell the disturbance. According to the Department of Corrections the fatal shot came after officers used pepper spray, less-than-lethal force options and at least four warning shots from a Ruger Mini-14.

At approximately 5:45 Sunday evening, according to details provided Thursday by the CDCR, about 45 inmates started fighting in one of the prison’s Level III, medium-security dining halls.

After the four warning shots were fired one inmate was struck by a fifth round from the Mini-14. Inmate Jonathan Velarde was pronounced dead at the prison’s medical unit. The inmate’s next-of-kin has been notified.

Velarde, 23, was committed to CDCR from Los Angeles County in September of 2013 to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for attempted second-degree robbery and possession of marijuana for sale by a second-striker.

No staff members were injured in the disturbance.

CDCR also sent a Deadly Force Investigations Team to CCC to investigate the incident. DFIT is a team of trained CDCR investigators that conducts criminal and administrative investigations into every use of deadly force. A deadly force review board will conduct a full and complete review of the incident as well.


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