SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate at California's High Desert State Prison was fatally stabbed in an attack by two other prisoners.
Corrections officials say 24-year-old Christian Lepe was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the prison near Susanville.
The state says staff observed 26-year-old inmate Ricardo Palmerin start the attack and then another inmate, 27-year-old David Morales, joined in.
Officials say officers stopped the attack by firing rubber bullets at Palmerin and recovered two inmate-made weapons.
Lepe was serving a nine-year term from Tulare County for assault with a deadly weapon and other crimes. Palmerin was sent to prison from Kings County and Morales came from San Francisco County.