Officials stated Wednesday that the death of a prisoner in a California jail is being investigated as a homicide, and the victim’s cellmate is a suspect.
Scott Gunter, 59, was discovered comatose in his cell at Wasco State Prison on Tuesday, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Staff tried to save Gunter’s life, but he died about a half-hour later, according to the statement.
The official cause of death will be determined by the Kern County Coroner.
Eugene Stroud, Gunter’s cellmate, is a suspect in the case, according to prison officials. It was unclear whether Stroud, 44, has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Gunter arrived to the prison on Feb. 23 to begin serving a two-year term for failing to register as a sex offender, according to the statement.
According to prison officials, Stroud is serving more than 25 years in prison on several offences, including corporal injury on particular victims and issuing criminal threats.