MILPITAS (KRON) — A Correctional Deputy at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas was attacked by 10 inmates, according to Santa Clara County Assistant Sheriff Troy Beliveau. The incident occurred around 8:23 p.m.
An unidentified male Correctional Deputy was assigned to cover the area with 70 inmates. The Deputy noticed around 10 inmates gathering in an area that they were not allowed in. As the Deputy approached the group, he noticed that one inmate had a contraband in his pants, Beliveau said.
The inmate refused to take the contraband from his pants after the Deputy commanded it. However, the inmate eventually removed the contraband and threw it to the ground as he told the Deputy to pick it up himself, according to Beliveau.
While the Deputy went down to pick it up, he was assaulted and attacked by the 10 inmates with punches and kicks, Beliveau said.
It took about 45 seconds for other deputies to respond and break-up the attack, Beliveau said.
The exact injuries sustained by the Deputy are not being released, but they are described as “moderate to severe” depending on the injury, according to Beliveau. The Deputy is on paid medical leave.
The names of the inmates are not being released. They are all suspected gang members and are facing charges of assault on an officer and have been moved to maximum security at the main jail.
The inmate with the contraband was suspected of being under the influence of a substance at the time of the assault, according to Beliveau.
The Elmwood Correctional Facility holds both men and women; it is a minimum to medium security facility for men.