The Latest: Inmate who killed prison officer is segregated

The Latest: Inmate who killed prison officer is segregated
State Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy confirms the death of Joseph Gomm at the Department of Corrections, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. A corrections officer has died after he was assaulted by an inmate at the Stillwater state prison, prompting a lockdown at Minnesota's prison system. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

BAYPORT, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Minnesota state corrections officer (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

An inmate who is accused of killing a corrections officer at a Minnesota state prison has been moved to another facility and is in segregation.

Forty-two-year-old Edward Muhammad Johnson is accused of using a weapon to attack Officer Joseph Gomm on Wednesday at Stillwater prison.

Minnesota Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy says the attack happened in the prison’s industry building. He hasn’t described the weapon Johnson used.

Johnson is serving time for homicide.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput says Johnson has been moved to the state’s maximum security facility in Oak Park Heights and is in segregation.

Authorities are still investigating the attack, and Johnson hasn’t been charged in Gomm’s death.


7:50 a.m.

Corrections officials say the officer killed by an inmate at a Minnesota state prison was attacked with a weapon.

Minnesota Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy says Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked at the state’s flagship prison in Stillwater Wednesday afternoon in the prison’s industry building, which houses a welding shop and carpentry programs. Roy declined to describe the weapon used by the inmate, who was serving time for homicide. Officials say the inmate acted alone.

Roy says Gomm, like most guards, was armed only with pepper spray and a radio. Guns are typically used by officers stationed in watch towers and assigned to crisis response teams.

More than 1,600 inmates are housed at the 104-year-old Stillwater prison, where about a third of the prisoners are serving time for homicide.