Family of Corrections Officer Killed in Assault Issues Statement

July 24, 2018 09:05 AM

The family of the corrections officer who died after an assault at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater earlier this week issued a statement Friday night. 

The Department of Corrections said Joseph Gomm was attacked in an industry building at the prison around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was rushed to Regions Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.


"The family of Joseph Gomm would like to express how devastated and deeply saddened we are by the senseless and tragic loss of our son, brother, brother-in-law, cousin and uncle who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty," the family's statement said. 

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The family expressed thanks for support following the death of Gomm.

"We would like to acknowledge the gracious outreach and support from Joe's Corrections family, especially his colleagues at the Minnesota Correctional Facility Stillwater," the family said. "In addition, we are humbled by the offers to support our family and assist in planning Joe's celebration of life by the Minnesota law enforcement community as well as the corrections and law enforcement community nation-wide."

The statement went on to read, "Our pain is indescribable, but we take comfort in knowing how many people loved Joe as much as we did and how many of his friends and colleagues share our devastation and grief."

RELATED: Documents Show Former Corrections Officer Complained About Security Where Prison Attack Occurred

The family also asked for privacy as they prepare for Gomm's funeral. 

On Wednesday, sources confirmed the identity of the suspect in the case as Edward Muhammad Johnson to KSTP.  Johnson is serving a sentence for homicide, according to DOC records.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed it is investigating the incident. 

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



Ben Rodgers

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