Kern Valley State Prison officials investigating inmate death as homicide


DELANO, California (KSEE/KGPE)  – Kern Valley State Prison officials said they are investigating the death of 44-year-old Enrique Hernandez an inmate as a homicide.

Authorities said staff observed two inmates attacking a third inmate Sunday morning around 10:30 a.m.

Officers said they ordered the inmates to stop but the men continued their assault, less-than-lethal was used to stop the attack. 

Staff said they immediately performed CPR on Hernandez and transported him to a medical unit inside the prison. He was pronounced deceased. 

Officials identified Andrew Guzman, 35, and Andre Ortega, 35, as suspects.

Two inmate-manufactured weapons were recovered from the scene, according to prison officials.

Kern Valley State Prison said Hernandez, was from Los Angeles County. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder, discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling/vehicle/aircraft, discharging a firearm at an unoccupied vehicle/dwelling.

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