O.C. inmate dies after jailhouse altercation

Orange County inmate dies after jailhouse altercation with cellmate

An Orange County jail inmate has died one day after he was hospitalized following an altercation with a fellow inmate, authorities said Thursday.

Thiep Truong Nguyen, 49, had been in the Theo Lacy Jail in Orange on charges of burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock.

Nguyen was found unconscious inside his jail cell before noon Tuesday after deputies responded to a physical altercation between Nguyen and his cellmate.

Nguyen, who was scheduled to appear in court Friday, was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition, Hallock said.

Investigators are withholding the name of the other inmate involved in the altercation, a 39-year-old.

It's unclear if the incident was a fight or an attack. The Orange County district attorney’s office is investigating the incident.

The jail, the county’s largest detention center, is a maximum-security facility that can hold more than 3,400 inmates.

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