The accident reportedly happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning during training at the weapons range on the grounds of the prison. The victim was reportedly conducting target practice with a rifle when it malfunctioned, and the correctional officer was injured.
"When that pressure was expelled through the magazine, it struck the officer in the hand -- minor injury," said Erick Smith, Correctional Lieutenant.
The correctional officer was treated at the scene. He is an employee of the "California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility" located on the prison grounds. The rifle was sent off for inspection.