Death of Salinas Valley State Prison inmate investigated as homicide

SOLEDAD — Officials said the death of a Salinas Valley State Prison inmate that occurred Tuesday evening is being investigated as a homicide.

According to a press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Edgar Delgado, 39, was attacked in one of the prison’s maximum-security yards Tuesday by another inmate with a manufactured weapon. Correctional officers responded just after 6 p.m., using chemical agents to stop the incident.

Responding staff transported Delgado to Salinas Valley State Prison’s medical facility, where health care staff performed life-saving measures but ultimately pronounced Delgado dead at 6:57 p.m., the release said.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Salinas Valley State Prison officials have identified a suspect but that their name is being withheld pending investigation.

Delgado was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer or firefighter with the use of a firearm, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon. He was admitted to Salinas Valley in April 2008 from Los Angeles County.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office and the Salinas Valley Investigative Services Unit are investigating the incident. The California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation assured that the U.S. Office of Inspector General has been notified.

Contributed by local news sources

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