SAN QUENTIN — One inmate was fatally shot and three others wounded Tuesday when a racial fight broke out in the exercise yard at San Quentin Prison, forcing guards to open fire, a prison official said.
Percy Kimbrough, 29, of Los Angeles, serving a 15-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder, was shot once in the chest by guards after nine inmates refused a warning to stop fighting, said John Reid, administrative assistant to the warden.
Two other unidentified inmates were wounded by gunfire. One was struck in the shoulder and the other in the wrist, Reid said. Another inmate suffered stab wounds.
The incident was the first inmate slaying since January, 1986, when a prisoner died after being stabbed, Reid said.
The fight among blacks and Latinos began at 11 a.m. in an exercise yard and quickly escalated to the use of prison-made plastic stabbing instruments, Reid said. Two prison guards on the gun rails issued a warning to the inmates, fired warning shots, and then fired nine rifle rounds into the group, he said.