Salinas Valley State Prison Correctional Officer Taken to Hospital Due to Inmate Attack

Soledad, CA…A correctional officer is being treated for injuries he suffered from an attack by a Salinas Valley State Prison inmate this morning.

At 9:43 a.m., the Correctional Officer was on-duty at the institution’s Facility Medical Clinic when inmate Walter Weeks, 29, approached the officer from behind and began to assault him. The assault caused the Officer to fall, striking his head and losing consciousness.

Inmate Weeks was subdued and subsequently transported to the Administrative Segregation Unit.

The Officer was taken to an area hospital for treatment for his injuries, which are still unknown at this time.

Inmate Weeks was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on December 2, 2005 from Los Angeles County to serve a 24-year sentence for carjacking and second-degree robbery.

The matter will be referred to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

SVSP opened May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,530 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs approximately 1,400 staff.

Photo of inmate Weeks, Walter