KCBS_740CHOWCHILLA (AP) — Officials at Valley State Prison in California are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

Last Thursday morning, a 44-year-old inmate was found unresponsive in a dormitory. Life-saving measures were started and an ambulance was called to the scene, but the inmate was later pronounced dead. His name was not released pending notification of his family.

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How the inmate died was also not released.

No staff members were injured in the incident.

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The inmate was serving a two-year, eight-month sentence for second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

The eight-man dormitory has been sealed as a crime scene and the inmates housed there have been transferred to another area pending the outcome of the investigation.

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