Correctional officer stabbed and killed at North Valley prison

June 20, 2008 10:01:35 PM PDT
A federal corrections officer has been stabbed and killed by an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater. A spokesperson from the Merced County Sheriff's Department confirmed the corrections officer died Friday afternoon, but isn't revealing details about what led to the stabbing. The FBI is handling the death investigation and has yet to release the officer's identity.

The maximum security prison is located on the grounds of the former Castle Air Force Base. The Federal Bureau of Prisons' website says the Atwater facility is in urgent need of corrections officers. It's unknown if this was a factor in the officer's death.