ABILENE, Texas (AP) — A corrections officer at a Texas prison outside Abilene has been found dead and authorities are investigating the death as a homicide.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the officer at the Robertson Unit was found unresponsive about 3 a.m. Saturday near the kitchen area of the prison.

He says life saving measures were initiated and the officer then was taken to Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene where the officer, identified only as a 55-year-old, was pronounced dead.

Clark says investigators from the agency's Office of Inspector General are processing the crime scene.

The Robertson Unit is 10 miles north of Abilene. It can hold nearly 3,000 inmates.

The most recent Texas corrections officer slaying occurred a year ago at the Telford Unit near Texarkana.