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May 20, 2022

Salinas Valley State Prison investigating inmate’s death as homicide

SOLEDAD — Salinas Valley State Prison officials and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on May 3, SVSP officers responded when Edgar Delgado was attacked by an incarcerated person with a manufactured weapon on one of the prison’s maximum-security yards in Soledad. Officers used chemical agents to quell the incident. 

Responding staff transported Delgado, 39, to the prison medical facility where health care staff performed life-saving measures. Delgado was pronounced dead at 6:57 p.m.

Delgado was admitted from Los Angeles County on April 25, 2008, to serve life with the possibility of parole for two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer or firefighter with the use of a firearm, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Prison officials have identified a suspect, but his name is being withheld pending investigation.

Monterey County District Attorney’s Office and the SVSP Investigative Services Unit are investigating the incident, and the Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

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