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Inmate Death at California Medical Facility Being Investigated as a Possible Homicide

VACAVILLE – Officials at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

On Monday, August 22, 2016, at approximately 10:35 p.m., a 66-year-old CMF inmate was found unresponsive in a dormitory lying face down in a pool of blood. Life-saving measures were initiated and he was transported to the CMF Medical Clinic, where he was pronounced dead at 11:14 p.m.

The deceased inmate was received from Fresno County on July 10, 1986, and was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with the use of a firearm and attempted second-degree murder with great bodily injury. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The incident is being investigated by CMF’s Investigative Services Unit. The dormitory has been sealed as a crime scene and the 30 inmates housed there at the time have been transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation. The Solano County District Attorney’s Office, the Solano County Coroner’s Office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Special Service Unit are assisting with the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

CMF administrators have modified inmate movement to facilitate the ongoing investigation.

No staff members were injured as a result of this incident.

CMF was established in 1955 and houses minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security inmates. CMF has a Correctional Treatment Center, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities, a Hospice Unit for terminally ill inmates, and general population. Additionally, the Department of State Hospitals operates a licensed, Acute Care Psychiatric Hospital and an Intermediate Care Facility within CMF. The prison houses approximately 2,600 inmates and employs nearly 2,000 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
August 23, 2016                                      

Contact: Lt. Andre Gonzales
 (707) 449-6509