A state prison guard in Soledad was stabbed in the back of the head Friday by an inmate who allegedly slipped out of his handcuffs and went at him with a handmade shank, a spokesman said.
The attack happened just before 1 p.m. as two guards took 48-year-old David Gomez out of a disciplinary isolation cell for an interview at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, southeast of Monterey, Salinas Valley State Prison Lt. Darren Chamberlain said.
The guard was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but his current condition is unknown, Chamberlain said.
Gomez, who has a history of mental illness, was transferred from Sacramento to Monterey County for pretrial proceedings in the 2004 murder of his cellmate at Salinas Valley State Prison.
Gomez is serving a life sentence in a 1998 Los Angeles County case for rape, oral copulation on a minor under age 14 and burglary.
I don’t know if the death penalty is even available in the 2004 murder case. But if it is, I hope prosecutors are seriously evaluating whether to apply it. This guy certainly appears to be likely to hurt more people if we just leave him in prison. He’s already killed one person in custody and stabbed another in the head.
What is society supposed to do with someone like that?