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Jose E Herrera, 27
Delano, California
April 22, 2015

Agencies: CDCR Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Delano California

Last updated: 8 months ago

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Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) administrators are investigating the death of an inmate who was fatally shot while he attacked another inmate.

At about 10:15 a.m., two inmates attacked another inmate who fell to the ground and lost consciousness. The assailants continued to attack the inmate who was unable to defend himself, according to officials.

A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) correctional officer fired one warning shot from the Mini 14 rifle to stop the attack, but the assailants continued to assault the inmate, according to officials.

After the warning, the officer discharged another shot from the Mini 14 rifle.

One of the assailants, 27-year-old Jose E. Herrera  suffered a gunshot wound and was airlifted from KVSP and taken to an area hospital where he died.