A state prison inmate in Lancaster who allegedly attacked guards before being subdued died after he was taken to a hospital, authorities said Saturday.
The inmate, whose name was not released, bit and kicked the guards Friday, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Tania Plunkett.
The correctional officers used pepper spray to defend themselves and then handcuffed him, she said.
Moments later, the prisoner began having problems breathing and was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was pronounced dead at 4:12 p.m., Plunkett said.
No other details about the confrontation were released. The cause of death was being investigated by the county coroner’s office.