Inmate Assaults Correctional Officer at Okeechobee Correctional Institution
OKEECHOBEE, Fla.—An inmate attacked a correctional officer Tuesday afternoon at Okeechobee Correctional Institution.
Inmate Dominic Panzino (R68911) assaulted a correctional officer at approximately 12:50 p.m. While being counseled, inmate Panzino became combative and repeatedly struck the counseling officer in the face with a closed fist. Ignoring orders to cease his actions, inmate Panzino continued to be combative until two other correctional officers responded and applied wrist restraints, at which point he became compliant.
The injured officer was examined by medical staff who noted bruising and swelling in the facial area.
Inmate Panzino 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.