Gomm Family Members Issue Statement on Death of Corrections Officer at Oak Park Heights

September 25, 2018 10:11 PM

The family of a corrections officer killed while on-duty at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater in July has issued a statement of condolence to the family of a corrections officer who died Monday at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights.


The Minnesota Department of Corrections confirmed corrections officer Joseph Parise had responded to an assault by an inmate on a different officer around noon Monday. He later returned to his post and experienced what was termed a medical emergency.

He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he later died.

RELATED: Oak Park Heights Officer Dies after Medical Emergency; Responded Earlier to Officer Assault

The DOC said two other staff members were injured during the incident, which came just over two months after Joseph Gomm was killed while working at MCF-Stillwater.

Edward Muhammed Johnson, an inmate at MCF-Stillwater at the time, is facing two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault in connection to the fatal assault on July 18.

"Regarding the tragedy at Oak Park Heights today, whenever a correctional officer passes on the job, regardless of the circumstances, we consider it a great loss to the family of correctional officers," read a statement from Gomm's family members released by attorney Mike Padden.

"We are hopeful those responsible will be prosecuted aggressively. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Officer Parise and his family."


Frank Rajkowski

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