CONNELL — Corrections officials are investigating the death of a 30-year-old prisoner from Everett who may have been injured in the head during a fight with another inmate.
Matthew Patrick Kinzer died Nov. 12 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, four days after he was admitted to the Richland hospital.
Kinzer had been locked up at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell.
Kinzer was from Everett, according to his Facebook page.
An employee at the prison told the Tri-City Herald it may be a homicide because there was an assault on Nov. 7.
However, Franklin County Coroner Curtis McGary said he has not yet determined the cause of death.
The autopsy was done Monday at the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Kinzer was sentenced in February to three years and seven months in prison for a second-degree burglary conviction in Snohomish County.
Online court records show Kinzer also had four prior burglary convictions.
Investigators with the Department of Corrections are looking into Kinzer’s death.
It is not known if the department has identified a suspect in the prison unit. But the employee, who asked that his name not be used, told the Tri-City Herald that the possible perpetrator was moved into segregation.