Funeral Service Planned for Stillwater Corrections Officer

July 24, 2018 09:06 AM

The video above was originally aired July 20. 

The funeral service for a corrections officer, who was killed by an offender at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater on Wednesday, was announced on Saturday. 


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According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Joseph Gomm's funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 26 at 11 a.m. It will be held at North Heights Lutheran Church, 1700 West Highway 96, in Arden Hills. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Gomm was attacked by an offender and later died at Regions Hospital. He had been with the department for 16 years. 

Sources confirmed the identity of the offender as Edward Muhammad Johnson. Johnson is serving a sentence for homicide, according to DOC records. 

Gov. Mark Dayton issued a statement Wednesday regarding the incident:

I am appalled at the horrific murder of Officer Joseph Gomm. On behalf of all Minnesotans, I offer my deepest sympathies to Officer Gomm's family, friends, and fellow Corrections Officers. We pray that they find strength and solace at this very difficult time.

We are all indebted to the courageous Corrections Officers and other state employees, who risk their safety in Minnesota's prisons to ensure the safety of their colleagues, our communities, and the inmates themselves. Minnesotans are grateful for your selfless service, and we mourn with you the loss of your colleague and friend. 

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Other details will be provided in the coming week by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. 


Tommy Wiita

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