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Kern Valley State Prison investigating inmate death

Posted: 11:59 AM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 14:59:41-04

DELANO, Calif. — Kern Valley State Prison officials in Delano are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

Around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the staff saw two inmates attacking a third inmate. Officers used less-than-lethal force options to stop the attack.

Staff immediately performed CPR on the victim, 44-year-old Enrique Hernandez, and transported him to a prison medical unit. He was pronounced dead at 11:13 a.m.

Officials identified 35-year-old Andrew Guzman and 35-year-old Andre Ortega as the suspects. Two inmate-manufactured weapons were also recovered from the scene.

The Kern County District Attorney's Office is assisting in the prison's investigation.