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Department of Corrections investigating Wasco inmate's death

Inmate death is being investigated at Wasco State Prison
Posted at 9:26 AM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 14:25:46-04

WASCO, Calif. (KERO) — California Department of Corrections Investigative Services Unit is investigating the death of an inmate in Wasco who was found dead in his cell on March 15th.

Inmate Death Homicide Investigation
This combo of photos provided by the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation shows inmates Eugene Stroud, left, and Scott Gunter. Authorities say the death of Gunther, an inmate at a California prison, is being investigated as a homicide and Stroud, Gunter's cellmate, is a suspect. (CDCR via AP)

Scott James Gunter, 59, of Wasco, was found unresponsive and after efforts to revive him failed, was declared dead at the scene.

An examination will be performed to determine the cause and manner of Gunter's death, said the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Associated Press, "Investigators say Gunter’s cellmate, Eugene Stroud, is a suspect in the case. It wasn’t immediately known if Stroud has an attorney."

Gunter entered the prison on Feb. 23 to serve a two-year sentence for failing to register as a sex offender.

This is an ongoing investigation and this story will be update as more information becomes available.