Correctional Officer killed by Columbia County Inmate

Mar 20, 2012

A Columbia County Correctional officer has died. Regan McCarthy reports the officer was allegedly stabbed to death by an inmate while on duty at the Columbia Correctional Facility.

Convicted murderer Richard Franklin is accused of killing an officer who was working on duty as a prison guard at the Columbia Correctional Institution Annex. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff says witnesses say Franklin stabbed 24-year old Sergeant Ruben Thomas in the neck with a “handmade weapon.” She says another officer, William Brewer, was also hurt in the incident.

“The other officer was taken to the hospital and has since been released, but he will require further medical attention.”

Franklin, the alleged assailant in the case, is currently serving a life sentence for murder. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is taking over the investigation.