SUSANVILLE, Calif. -

A prison inmate from Butte County is accused of attempted murder after an attack at the maximum-security prison in Susanville.  William Dye, 45, was shot by a prison guard after the incident Thursday afternoon at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.
 
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Andy Beck said in a statement that the Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, is looking into the murder attempt, which happened just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
 
Beck said the incident began when Dye, and another inmate, 37-year-old Calvin Lee Parrack  of Contra Costa County, stabbed a third inmate with a jail-made weapon.

When the attackers did not stop as prison staff ordered them to, one rifle was fired, hitting Dye in the abdomen.  Dye and the stabbing victim were flown to a hospital in Reno.  There was no additional information about their condition.

Dye is serving a life sentence  for a 2007 shooting during a drug deal in  Chico.  He was convicted of second-degree attempted murder.  Dye shot a man in the face at a Chico apartment.  The victim survived but suffered brain damage and is blind in one eye.
 
Parrack is serving 18 years, also for attempted second-degree murder.