Kern Valley State Prison correctional officer who was attacked by inmates has died

FILE -- Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif., is seen in a 2013 photo. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – One of two correctional officers attacked months ago at a prison in Delano has died.

Officer Armando Gallegos, 56, died Friday at a Hanford hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday.

Gallegos and another correctional officer were attacked in April by a dozen inmates at Kern Valley State Prison.

The CDCR said at the time that one officer suffered broken vertebrae, bruising, swelling to his head and face, injuries to his hands and knees, a broken nose, and a concussion. The other officer suffered injuries to his knees, hand and face.

The CDCR said it previously recommended attempted homicide charges for seven of the involved inmates.

A CDCR spokesman said Monday that an autopsy will be performed, and it’s too soon to draw a distinct line between the officer’s death and the attack.

“The Kern Valley State Prison family is deeply saddened by Armando’s sudden and unexpected death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gallegos family and all who were fortunate enough to have known Armando. He will truly be missed,” Warden Christian Pfeiffer said in a news release.

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association on Monday issued a statement, saying, in part, “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and co-workers.”

The CCPOA said it believes Gallegos' death is related to the injuries he suffered in the attack.

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