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Inmate Stabs Officer in Prison Attack




REPRESA - A correctional officer was spared serious injury by his stab-resistant vest when an inmate at California State Prison-Sacramento attacked him with an inmate-made weapon on Saturday, November 10.

At approximately 6 p.m., staff responded to the cell of Elrader Ray Browning, 32, after smoke was detected coming from his cell. While staff was removing Browning from his cell, he grabbed an inmate-manufactured weapon and ran toward staff. An officer deployed pepper spray, but Browning attacked him, stabbing the officer in the upper chest. Due to the protective vest all custody staff are required to wear when on duty, the weapon did not puncture his skin.

Officers subdued Browning.

One officer sustained three lacerations to his left bicep area and was treated at an area hospital. The officer who was stabbed did not sustain any injuries due to his protective vest.

Browning was committed to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on November 9, 2001, from Los Angeles County to serve a 62-year, eight-month sentence for second-degree murder.

The matter has been referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.

California State Prison-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses more than 2,500 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff.  Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.