A Minnesota corrections officer at a Minnesota state prison was killed Wednesday by an inmate, officials said.
Officer Joseph Gomm, of the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, was attacked by the inmate around 1:30 p.m., the Minnesota Department of Corrections said.
Gomm — an officer at the prison for 16 years — was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Fox News reports.
“Joseph gave the ultimate sacrifice while working to protect the citizens of Minnesota,” Sarah Fitzgerald, a spokesperson for the agency, said.
The inmate, who has not been named, was serving time after a homicide conviction.
The correctional facility, and surrounding prisons, have been placed under lockdown until officials determine whether the incident was isolated.
These people are animals and should be executed on the spot.
We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and his fellow officers.
Rest in peace Officer Joseph Gomm and thank you for your service.
WE WANT TO THANK THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO KEEPING AMERICA SAFE.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!