Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Mark S. Inch


April 19, 2020

Contact: FDC Communications
(850) 488-0420

FDC Correctional Officer Assaulted at Sumter Correctional Institution
Officer injured by multiple inmates.

BUSHNELL, Fla. — A Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Officer was assaulted April 19 while at their post at Sumter CI. At approximately 2:00 p.m., the correctional officer was attacked by multiple inmates and sustained injuries. Other inmates came to the officer’s aid and the incident was brought under control by officers who came to assist.

Secretary Mark Inch said, “I want to commend the staff and inmates who came to this officer’s aid during this vicious attack. Our officer showed courage and perseverance under extreme duress. Correctional officers come to work every day to protect Florida communities and serve courageously in this profession dedicated to public service. We stand behind this officer and pray for a swift and complete recovery.”

The correctional officer was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition. Involved inmates will face disciplinary action including possible criminal charges.

The dorm involved in this incident is not under medical isolation or medical quarantine. The entire facility remains on restricted movement.

The FDC Office of Inspector General is conducting an investigation into the incident and further details are not releasable at this time. When the report is complete, it will be made available to the public.

For more information regarding the Department’s Office of Inspector General, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us/ig/index.html.

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