Inmate Attacks Correctional Officer at Columbia Correctional Institution
LAKE CITY, Fla. – An inmate attacked a correctional officer Thursday afternoon at Columbia Correctional Institution.
Inmate Gregory Simpson (121118) attacked several correctional officers at approximately 5:33 p.m. Inmate Simpson approached an officer in a combative fashion and, despite staff efforts to quell the situation, began striking him in the face and torso. The targeted officer attempted to defend himself with the assistance of fellow staff members, but inmate Simpson remained combative. Inmate Simpson then took a walking cane from another inmate and assaulted several staff members, striking one on the hand. After repeated verbal orders and further staff efforts to control the situation, inmate Simpson placed himself on the ground and submitted to wrist restraints, becoming compliant.
The injured officers were examined by medical staff who noted a deformity in the stricken hand.
Inmate Simpson will receive a disciplinary report for this assault. The Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General will investigate this incident.
An Assault Advisory is issued by the Department of Corrections whenever a correctional officer or probation officer is attacked in the line of duty.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.