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DOC: Corrections Officer Dead After Inmate Attack

DOC: Corrections Officer Dead After Inmate Attack

July 18, 2018 05:26 PM

(KSTP) - The Minnesota Department of Corrections confirms a corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater died after an assault by an offender Wednesday afternoon.

A release stated Joseph Gomm was attacked in an industry building around 1:30 p.m. He was rushed to Regions Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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Gomm had been with the department for 16 years, the release said.

The name of the offender has not been released, but a release said he was serving time for homicide. According to the DOC website, the facility in Stillwater is the state's largest close-security institution for adult male felons.

DOC records show a total of over 1,570 adult male offenders currently on-site at the facility. Those records show 527 inmates with active sentences for homicide.

A press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the DOC in St. Paul.

Assaults on Corrections Officers in Minnesota

According to Minnesota Department of Corrections records, these are the number of reported assaults on DOC staff between 2011-16

Assault of staff with weapon

2011 - 11
2012 - 11
2013 - 19
2014 - 9
2015 - 15
2016 - 9
Assault on staff with weapon causing harm

2011 - 0
2012 - 2
2013 - 2
2014 - 1
2015 - 2
2016 - 1

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