BREAKING: One CO Killed at Columbia CI

Officer Ruben Thomas

Update #1: Officer Brewer is the other officer who was attacked.

Update #2: Offer Brewer has been released from the hospital.

Also, there are reports another CO is in critical condition. Will update as info becomes available.


A Lake City correctional officer is dead after being stabbed in the neck by an inmate with a “homemade weapon” at the Columbia Correctional Institution Annex, according to Ann Howard, director of public affairs for the Florida Department of Corrections.

The slain officer was identified as Sgt. Ruben Thomas, 24, a six-year-veteran of the Department of Corrections.

The suspect is 37-year-old inmate Richard Franklin, Howard said.

Franklin was sentenced to life in prison for a first-degree murder conviction in 1995, according to prison records. He also had a 1994 conviction of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Officer Brewer



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