An inmate at Deuel Vocational Institution was shot by a guard in an attempt to stop an attack on another inmate at the state prison at 23500 Kasson Road, just east of Tracy.

A news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said that two inmates attacked a third using handmade weapons at 2:20 p.m. Thursday on a basketball court in the prison’s main recreation yard.

The two inmates ignored orders from correctional officers to stop and get down on the ground. A corrections officer in a guard tower fired one round from a Mini 14 rifle and hit one of the men.

The third inmate was stabbed in the head and chest and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The inmate with the gunshot wound was also taken to an area hospital for treatment. Both of them are now back at the prison. The second inmate involved in the attack was treated at the prison for a laceration to his hand.

The prison staff is investigating the attack and the subsequent shooting. The guard tower officer who fired on the inmates has been placed on paid administrative leave, following corrections department policy.

DVI, which was opened in 1953, serves as a reception center where inmates are evaluated to determine to which of the 35 state prisons they will be sent to serve their sentence. A number of general population inmates work in maintenance, food service, janitorial, custodial and other jobs that support the prison.

Information from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows that DVI had a population of 2,523 inmates as of Wednesday.

Contact the Tracy Press at or 835-3030.

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