BCA Confirms it is Investigating Corrections Officer's Death

July 24, 2018 09:05 AM

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Bayport Police Department are investigating the incident that resulted in the death of a corrections officer Wednesday afternoon at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater.

The facility is actually located in Bayport.


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A release Thursday night confirmed the investigation is underway.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections confirmed Wednesday that corrections officer Joseph Gomm, 45 of Blaine, was attacked in an industry building at the prison. He was rushed to Regions Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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Sources confirmed to KSTP the identity of the offender as Edward Muhammad Johnson. And DOC Commissioner Tom Roy confirmed Johnson is the main suspect in the case Thursday. 

The BCA release Thursday night said Johnson has been moved to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights. He has not been charged at this time.

The release added that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy Thursday, the preliminary results showing Gomm died of homicide due to blunt force trauma.

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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Thursday that he plans to "bring an aggressive prosecution."

The BCA release said the bureau is in the process of interviewing dozens of witnesses to the event. It said additional information would be made available once the interviews are completed or charges have been filed.

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