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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Corrections Officer stabbed at Salinas Valley State Prison by an Inmate

A Salinas Valley State Prison inmate about to face trial in the slaying of his cellmate 10 years ago allegedly stabbed a correctional officer in the head with a knife he had hidden in his holding cell.

Just before 1pm Friday, 48-year-old inmate David Gomez was handcuffed in a holding cell at the prison when he slipped out of those cuffs, produced the metal knife and attacked the officer, stabbing him three times, according to a press release from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

The officer was brought to a hospital for his injuries.

“He got three stab wounds in the back of the head, but he’s doing ok,” says Darren Chamberlain, the public information officer for Salinas Valley State Prison. “Gomez is a violent guy.”

In 1998, Gomez was convicted of rape, oral copulation with a person under 14 by use of threats and first-degree burglary. He is serving 91-years-to-life for his crimes. He is set to begin trial on July 14 for the 2004 murder of his cellmate, whose name wasn’t immediately available.

“Since he’s been in prison, he’s assaulted numerous staff members, correctional officers and attorneys,” says Chamberlain.

Gomez is currently serving his sentence at California State Prison Sacramento, but was transferred to SVSP for a court date last week.

“He got here only a few days ago to go to court and the other day he spit on his attorney,” says Chamberlain. “He is still here, but was moved to another unit.”

Monterey Country Weekly

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