SOLEDAD, Monterey County (CBS SF) — A riot broke out at Salinas Valley State Prison Tuesday, hours after an inmate was found dead of multiple wounds in his cell, authorities said.
Prison officials said inmates rioted at the Monterey County prison around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Four to five inmates were injured in the fight, according to KION.
Around 9 p.m. Monday night, inmate Armando Wehr was found unresponsive in his cell. Guards attempted CPR but Wehr was declared dead at 9:35 p.m.
He is at least the fourth inmate to have been killed at the prison since the start of the year, according to the Salinas Californian.
Wehr was convicted of the execution-style slaying of Walter McDuffie as the father of six as he left an Antioch nightclub in 2007.
No suspects have been identified in Wehr’s slaying. SVSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation.
The 33-year-old Wehr was received by CDCR in March 2011 from Contra Costa County with a sentence of life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder, plus 25 years for intentional discharge of a firearm.
Just over one year later, his younger brother, Raymond Wehr, was one of five people arrested in 2012 in a fatal shooting of a Marine veteran outside the same nightclub which had been renamed since the incident involving the elder Wehr.
SVSP opened May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for over 3,200 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs approximately 1,600 people.