SAN QUENTIN -- An inmate on California's death row attacked two correctional officers at San Quentin State Prison on Thursday, but both are expected to recover.
Authorities from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Timothy Joseph McGhee, 39, used a weapon he made to slash and stab the officers while they attempted to return him from the shower to his cell. The officers were cut and wounded on their heads, necks and arms and taken to an outside hospital for treatment.
The attack started just before 7 a.m. when the officers opened the shower door in the prison's Adjustment Center. The Adjustment Center is one of three units in the prison where male inmates on California's death row are housed.
McGhee was sentenced to death in Los Angeles County on Jan. 9, 2009, after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the gang-related killings four people from 1997 to 2001. He also was convicted of attempting to murder four other people, including to Los Angeles Police Department officers.
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