Secretary Ralph Diaz of the State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in California sadly reports the death of Corrections Officer Armando Gallegos.

Officer Gallegos, 56, succumbed to injuries he sustained on April 21, 2018 when he was attacked by a dozen inmates at the Kern Valley State Prison.

Gallegos and another corrections officer were attempting to search an inmate in the dayroom of a cellblock reference an administrative violation when the inmate turned and attacked him. Eleven other inmates then joined in on the assault and severely beat both of the corrections officers.

Other corrections officers intervened in the altercation. However, some inmates still continued their assault on Gallegos. Eventually the inmates were subdued and Gallegos was transported to the hospital. As a result of the beating, he sustained severe injuries to his face, head and neck that included fractured vertebrae.

The other corrections officer sustained minor injuries and returned to duty a few days later.

After an extended hospital stay and rehabilitation, Gallegos was able to return to his home for additional recuperation. While he was at his residence, he suffered complications from the injuries and collapsed. Consequently, he was transported via ambulance to the hospital where he succumbed to the trauma and passed away.

An autopsy is pending to determine the exact cause of death.

“Correctional officers like Armando put their lives on the line every day to keep our prisons and communities safe. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Irma, his family and friends, as well as our CDCR community, during this difficult time,” Diaz said in a news release.

The department previously recommended homicide charges for seven of the inmates involved in the attack, reported KTLA.

Armando Gallegos served the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 13 years.

His family survives him.

Corrections Officer Armando Gallegos is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Friday, September 14, 2018

Armando Gallegos

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