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Inmate Killed During CCC Dining Hall Riot

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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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