Corrections officer wounded by shot fired at California prison

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Posted: Apr 21, 2015 1:13 PM

LOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - A corrections officer at a California prison has been lightly wounded by a bullet fired at the facility from beyond its perimeter, authorities said on Tuesday.

Multiple shots were fired on Monday evening toward North Kent State Prison in Delano, a community less than 130 miles north of Los Angeles, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

A bullet fired from beyond the prison's perimeter struck an officer who was standing in an exercise yard, said Lieutenant Tom Mattson, a spokesman for the prison. Mattson could not say what type of gun the shooter fired.

The officer, whose name was not released, wore a stab-resistant vest that was penetrated by the bullet, officials said. He was treated and released and a hospital.

"I am extremely grateful that our officer was only slightly injured in this senseless attack and is expected to make a full recovery,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeff Beard said in a statement.

The California Highway Patrol, the Delano Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office were searching for the shooter. The motive for the attack was not clear.  

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Doina Chiacu)