Inmates kill prison guard

June 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A guard was stabbed to death by two inmates at a federal prison in Central California, officials said. Jose Rivera was taken to a hospital with stab wounds Friday afternoon and declared dead soon after, said Merced County Sheriff and Coroner Mark Pazin."Our hearts go out to our fellow officers at the federal prison," Pazin said. "Any time you lose an officer, it's always traumatic."

A brief statement released by the U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater said the 22-year-old officer was stabbed by two inmates with homemade weapons.

Prison spokesman Jesse Gonzalez said he could release no further information.

Pazin said his department will conduct an autopsy while the FBI investigates.

The prison is in the San Joaquin Valley about 64 miles northwest of Fresno.