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CDCR Investigating Deadly Force Incident at SAC

FOLSOM- The California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC) Investigative Services Unit is investigating the death of an inmate who was fatally shot by a correctional officer while committing a stabbing assault on another inmate.

On Wednesday Oct. 30, at approximately 7:45 p.m., inmates Johnathan Pereida and Augustine Burgos attacked another inmate inside one of the institution’s housing units during evening dayroom activities.

The control booth officer immediately ordered the inmates to get down and stop the attack. When they ignored that command, the officer fired one shot from the state-issued Mini-14 rifle, striking Pereida, quelling the incident.

Responding staff immediately summoned ambulances and provided medical care to both the victim and Pereida. The victim was transported to an outside hospital, where he is being treated for stabbing injuries, but he is expected to fully recover.

Pereida was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. by on-duty medical staff. His cause of death is being investigated.

Pereida, 27, was received from Los Angeles County on May 20, 2016, with a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole for two counts of attempted first-degree murder. He received enhancements to his sentence for use of a firearm and commission of a street gang act.

Burgos, 46, was received from San Diego County on May 20, 2013, with a sentence of 13 years for assault with a deadly weapon, possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, transporting/importing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in jail/prison. He received enhancements to his sentence for commission of a street gang act.

Burgos was treated at CSP-SAC for minor injuries he sustained in the incident and is being held in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit, pending investigation into his alleged involvement in the attempted homicide. This incident is under investigation by CSP-SAC officials and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

CDCR sent the Deadly Force Investigations Team (DFIT) to CSP-SAC to investigate the incident as well. DFIT is a team of trained CDCR investigators that conducts criminal and administrative investigations into every use of deadly force. A deadly force review board will conduct a full and complete review of the incident as well.

No other inmates or staff members were injured in the attack.

Activated in 1986, CSP-SAC is a high-security prison that houses more than 2,100 inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses long-term inmates, inmates requiring specialized mental health programming, and inmates with high-risk medical concerns.

Contact: Ike Dodson                                                              (916) 445 4950