Inmate killed after prison yard attack at High Desert State Prison

Ralph Goodman, the inmate killed in an attack at High Desert State Prison (NDOC)

One inmate is dead after a prison yard assault, just north of Las Vegas.

The Nevada Department of Corrections says the attack took place around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the yard near a housing unit at High Desert State Prison, located in Indian Springs.

The victim, identified as Ralph Goodman, was being escorted by a correctional officer to his housing unit.

Inmates from a nearby housing unit were also outside and cleared to the side of the yard, as they were supervised by two correctional officers.

NDOC says the two inmates, Jeremy Nuckles and Justin Muncy, allegedly charged across the yard toward Goodman.

Officers used pepper spray on the inmates with little effect. The attackers knocked Goodman to the ground and stabbed him.

Correctional officers stopped the attack and restrained the inmates suspected of the assault.

Medical was called to the scene and officers began lifesaving measures until Life Flight arrived.

Goodman was pronounced dead around 3:13 p.m.

All three inmates were committed from Clark County.

Goodman was serving two life sentences for first-degree murder and related charges.

Muncy and Nuckles were both serving sentences related to robbery.

The Inspector General's office is investigating the incident.

The Clark County coroner's office is conducting an autopsy to determine the official cause of death. Next of kin for Goodman have been notified.

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