Arizona Department of Corrections: Prison inmate dead after scuffle with another inmate

FLORENCE, AZ - An inmate at an Arizona prison has died after getting into a confrontation with another inmate, authorities said Sunday.

Officials with the Arizona Department of Corrections said 25-year-old Marcelo Gonzalez died at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, Ariz. after getting into a confrontation with another inmate, identified as Jonathan Williams, 24, according to a news release.

The prison is currently locked down, said Bill Lamoreaux, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections.

According to the release, around 8:31 a.m., one of the inmates tried to gain access into the other inmate's enclosure by creating a hole in the bottom fencing. The inmates were outside in adjacent recreation enclosures, said Lamoreaux.

Corrections officers responded and restrained Williams, according to officials. Gonzalez was found lying face-down and life-saving measures were performed, according to the release.

Williams reportedly told authorities that he reacted in self-defense, said Lamoreaux.

Authorities said a criminal investigation is on-going and officials are working to gather additional facts and information.

As the investigation continues, appropriate criminal charges related to the death may be filed, according to the release.

Williams is serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for burglary. He's been in prison since Dec. 8, 2010.

Gonzalez was serving an eight-year prison sentence for burglary and 2nd-degree escape convictions. He arrived at the prison complex on Sept. 27, 2012.

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