SACRAMENTO (AP) – Authorities say a California prison guard has died five months after he and another officer were attacked by inmates.
The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Officer Armando Gallegos died at a hospital Sept. 14.READ MORE: MLB Tells Oakland A’s To Start Exploring Other Cities As Howard Terminal Effort Remains Stalled
The guards’ union believes his death is related to injuries from the assault, but the official cause is pending a coroner’s report.
The 56-year-old had worked in the state prison system for more than a dozen years.READ MORE: Stockton Police Officer And Suspect Shot, Conditions Unknown
The two were attacked April 21 by a dozen inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.
Officials said then that one officer suffered injuries including broken vertebrae, swelling to his head and a concussion. The other officer suffered injuries to his knees, hand and face.
Prosecutors are weighing possible charges against the inmates involved.MORE NEWS: Gov. Newsom Proposes $12 Billion In New Funding To House California’s Homeless
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