Homicide detectives investigating 'suspicious' death of inmate at Lancaster prison

ByABC7.com staff KABC logo
Saturday, March 19, 2016

LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating a "suspicious" death of an inmate at a state prison in Lancaster on Saturday.

Officials responded to the location at the 44700 block of 60th Street West at about 9:45 a.m., according to a press release from the LASD.

Sheriff's officials said prison guards were alerted by an inmate that another inmate in a different cell, 33-year-old Gordon Rowell, was possibly unconscious.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics were called and pronounced Rowell dead at the scene.

The death was being investigated as suspicious pending the outcome of an autopsy by the L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

No further information was available.