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Attempted homicide of High Desert State Prison inmate under investigation

Friday, June 6 — The Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison is investigating an attempted homicide of an inmate just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5.

The incident started when two inmates attacked a third with an inmate-manufactured weapon. They stabbed him, and he fell to the ground unable to defend himself, according to a press release.

The two inmates were ordered to stop the attack. When they did not stop, custody staff members quickly intervened. One round from the Mini 14 rifle was discharged and an inmate was injured in the abdomen. The two injured inmates were flown to an outside hospital. 

Further details about their condition are not currently known.

Prison investigators identified William Robert Dye, 45, of Butte County, and Calvin Lee Parrack, 37, of Contra Costa County, as the two suspects in the attack. Dye is serving life with the possibility of parole for attempted second-degree murder, and Parrack is serving 18 years for attempted second-degree murder.

No staff members were injured in the incident.

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