California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC) officials are investigating a use-of-deadly-force incident that resulted in the death of an inmate.
At approximately 10:08 a.m. on Aug. 30, an inmate on the institution’s main yard began attacking inmate Eric Rodriguez with an inmate-manufactured weapon, stabbing him several times. At some point during the altercation, Rodriguez gained control of the weapon and began stabbing his attacker. A correctional officer discharged one lethal round from the Mini-14 rifle. Rodriguez sustained a gunshot. He received prompt medical attention; however, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:42 a.m. Aug. 30.
The original perpetrator suffered multiple stab wounds and was transported to an outside hospital for further treatment.
Rodriguez, 27, was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County in April 2018 with a four-year sentence for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. He had previously served time for attempted second-degree robbery.
CDCR’s Deadly Force Investigations Team, its Office of Internal Affairs and the Office of the Inspector General responded to the institution. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s office is assisting CSP-SAC officials in the investigation.
Activated in 1986, CSP-SAC is a high-security prison that houses more than 2,100 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses long-term inmates, inmates requiring specialized mental health programming, and inmates with high-risk medical concerns.