Jamie Mardis was shot by prison guard
A former Taft man was shot and killed by prison guards in northern California last week.
Jamie Lee Mardis, 38, was one of two inmates struck by rounds from a Ruger Mini-14 fired by a prison guard during a fight in the California State Prison-Sacramento exercise yard on Friday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The CDCR said the incident that led to Mardis' shooting started when two inmates attacked a third with "stabbing weapons."
Guards tried to stop the attack using less than lethal weapons, including 40mm direct impact rounds, and blast dispersion OC pepper spray grenades and then fired one warning round with a Ruger Mini-14.
The attack continued and two shots were fired from the rifle.
Mardis and another inmate were hit.
The second inmate was in critical condition, the CDCR said.
The other two inmates involved in the incident suffered minor injuries and were treated at the prison. Their names, and the name of the second inmate who was shot, are being withheld pending investigation into the incident.
Mardis has a lengthy criminal record in Kern County.
He lived in both Taft and Bakersfield, law enforcement sources said.
He was sentenced to an 11-year state prison sentence for second-degree robbery by a second striker prison in 2011 in Kern County Superior Court.
He received an additional two-year sentence in June 2016 for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, according to the CDCR.