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Fight Broken Up By Prison Guards Bullets; 1 Dead, 2 Injured

May 27, 1987

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) _ A 29-year-old man became the first inmate slain at San Quentin Prison since January 1986 after guards opened fire to break up a racial fight in an exercise yard, a prison official said.

Two other inmates were wounded in the shooting Tuesday. Killed was Percy Kimbrough of Los Angeles, who was serving a 15-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder.

Spokesman John Reid said he was not aware of the wounded inmates’ conditions.

Kimbrough was shot once in the chest after nine inmates ignored a warning to stop fighting, Reid said. The fight between black and Hispanic prisoners involved the use of prison-made plastic weapons, which cannot be detected by metal detectors, he said.

Inmates identified as being involved in the melee have been confined to their cells, Reid said.

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