A Georgia jail guard was killed when an inmate — already in jail for homicide — pulled a “home made weapon” and attacked the correctional officer from behind as he escorted him from a jail eating corridor, officers stated.
Robert Clark was killed and one other inmate who tried to intervene was wounded Sunday after prisoner Layton Lester allegedly launched on the 42-year-old sufferer inside Smith State Jail Sunday, the Georgia Division of Corrections stated in a press launch.
Clark was assaulted utilizing a “home made weapon,” whereas taking the 2 inmates from the eating space, officers stated. The opposite inmate, Marko Willingham, was injured when he tried to assist Clark.
Clark, who solely began working on the jail in April, was taken to an area hospital the place he was pronounced useless.
Willingham stays within the hospital with non-life-threatening accidents, in keeping with the corrections division.
“The whole [Georgia Department of Corrections] staff is mourning the lack of considered one of our personal and we collectively categorical our deepest condolences to Officer Clark’s household and buddies,” GDC Commissioner Tyrone Oliver stated in an announcement. “We’ll help them as they navigate this tragedy over the approaching days, weeks and months.”
Lester is anticipated to be charged with the assault and ensuing demise of Clark, in addition to the assault on Willingham.
He was already behind bars for quite a few crimes, together with a 2007 homicide, in keeping with state jail data.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp expressed his condolences over the killing.
“At this time we be a part of the general public security group in mourning the lack of Corrections Officer Robert Clark,” he wrote on X, previously Twitter.
“Please be a part of us in praying for his household, family members, and the Georgia Division of Corrections at the moment.”
Few extra particulars have been revealed concerning the lethal assault.