April 4, 2016
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LAKE CITY, Fla. – At approximately 10:30 a.m. today, a correctional officer employed at Columbia Correctional Institution – Annex was injured as the result of an assault by an inmate housed at that facility. The officer was sent to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where his injuries were deemed to be non-life threatening. Following the incident, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) was notified and has become the lead investigatory authority in this case. The Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General is proactively working with FDLE to provide investigatory assistance. The Department will ensure a complete and thorough investigation is conducted. As this is an open and active criminal investigation, this is all of the information available at this time.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “Staff and inmate safety are the highest priorities for our Department. My thoughts and prayers go out to this correctional officer injured in the line of duty. His dedication and bravery, along with that of his fellow correctional officers around our state, are exemplary of our Department’s values. I applaud the quick and decisive actions taken by the correctional officers responding to this incident, who were able to arrive and assist the victim within moments of the assault taking place. The Department will offer complete investigative support to FDLE and will employ all available resources to determine who is accountable and swiftly bring them to justice.”
The officer in question is expected to be released from the hospital later this afternoon. Two other correctional officers received treatment at a local medical facility to address injuries received while responding to the incident in aide of the injured officer.
For more information on the Columbia Correctional Institution, please visit:http://www.dc.state.fl.us/facilities/region2/201.html.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.