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Media Advisory
June 27, 2008
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Murder of Correctional Officer Donna Fitzgerald

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting the investigation into the murder of Correctional Officer Donna Fitzgerald. The Department of Corrections is conducting a concurrent administrative review of the incident.

It is the department’s policy to always be open with the media and as responsive as possible. However, a murder is a serious incident and, as a result, must be investigated thoroughly and with deliberate care. We expect the administrative review to conclude within a few weeks. At that time we will schedule a press conference to share the results of the review with the media.

This is a difficult time for employees of the Department of Corrections, particularly those employed at Tomoka Correctional Institution. Officer Fitzgerald’s death is a tragic reminder of the dangers inherent in corrections. We continue to focus on our mission of public safety, safety of Department personnel, care and supervision of all offenders and assisting, as appropriate, their reentry into society.