Inmate commits suicide in Downtown Bakersfield jail

Posted at 12:33 PM, Feb 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 13:12:29-05

UPDATE (Feb. 21, 2017, 10:10 a.m.): The coroner's office has released that 46-year-old Jose Gomez's cause of death is hanging and the manner of death is suicide.


UPDATE (Feb. 13, 2017, 10:01 a.m.): 46-year-old Jose Antonio Gomez has been identified as the inmate found unresponsive in the Kern County Sheriff's Office Central Receiving Facility on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

It's still unclear what caused Gomez's death, but a postmortem exam has been scheduled to determine cause of death.


Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the death of an inmate at the Central Receiving Facility.

Officials say deputies were conducting cell checks at the facility in downtown Bakersfield when they found a 46-year-old male inmate unresponsive in a cell.

They immediately began rendering medical aid to the inmate and called for fire and medical personnel.

The inmate was transported to Mercy Hospital. He was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The case is being investigated as a possible suicide.