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Jail attack sends 5 Orange County deputies to hospital

December 21, 2018

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say inmates have attacked sheriff’s deputies at the Orange County Central Men’s Jail, sending five to the hospital.

It happened just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday while inmates were exchanging dirty clothing and sheets for fresh ones in a hallway.

Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, tells the Orange County Register that 30 to 40 inmates jumped the deputies.

The Sheriff’s Department says the altercation was quickly controlled but five deputies and one inmate had moderate injuries and were sent to the hospital.

Dominguez says it’s unclear whether the attack was planned.

Sheriff-elect Don Barnes says assaults on jail staff have more than doubled since a 2011 California bill took effect that sends some state inmates to county jails.

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