INMATE from Sacramento DIES AFTER ALTERCATION at California Prison, Struck by 'Less Lethal' Round to Head

INMATE from Sacramento DIES AFTER ALTERCATION at California Prison, Struck by ‘Less Lethal’ Round to Head

A Sacramento County man imprisoned in Northern California died after a struggle with another inmate last week prompted prison guards to use force.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is investigating the Wednesday incident that resulted in Jarray D. Birdon’s death, the department announced in a news release Friday. Correctional officers at High Desert State Prison in Susanville witnessed a physical altercation between Birdon and another male. They verbally told the two to stop and get down, but neither did.

Birdon was struck in the face and head by the other inmate’s fists and knee before falling to the ground, according to correctional staff. Chemical agents were employed to break up the brawl, and an officer shot one “less lethal 40mm direct impact round,” striking Birdon in the head, according to prison officials.

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Birdon was taken to a hospital outside the prison and died of his injuries on Friday. The cop who fired the cartridge is on administrative leave, and the matter is under investigation. CDCR officials did not provide the employee’s identity.

Birdon, 48, was serving a 16-year sentence for a variety of second-strike violent and nonviolent charges.

A Sacramento Superior Court judge sentenced Birdon to four years in prison for felony possession of a controlled narcotic in 2007. He was freed in 2010 after spending just under three years.

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In 2013, he was sentenced to state prison again after being convicted of assault with a firearm likely to cause great bodily injury, possessing or owning a firearm by a felon, and criminal threat to cause great bodily injury or death, with enhancements for a previous felony conviction of a serious offense.

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