ANAMOSA

An Anamosa State Penitentiary inmate killed a correctional officer and a correctional nurse March 23, according to an Iowa Department of Corrections press release.

The names of those killed, as well as the inmate, were not released as of the time of publication.

The attack occurred at about 10:15 a.m.

“What the department can confirm is that an inmate attacked multiple staff members and inmates in the prison’s infirmary,” the press release said. “As a result of their injuries, a correctional nurse and correctional officer have died.”

The release notes that correctional staff, after they restrained the inmate, “began attempting life-saving first aid on the injured until paramedics arrived.”

“Today, our state grieves the loss of two public servants who were attacked while on duty at the Anamosa State Penitentiary,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement. “My prayers and deepest condolences are with their families, friends, and colleagues as they begin to cope with this senseless tragedy. We will exhaust every available resource to deliver justice to those who committed this act and bring a sense of closure and peace to the victims’ families.”

“Today, our state grieves the loss of two public servants who were attacked while on duty at the Anamosa State Penitentiary,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement. “My prayers and deepest condolences are with their families, friends, and colleagues as they begin to cope with this senseless tragedy. We will exhaust every available resource to deliver justice to those who committed this act and bring a sense of closure and peace to the victims’ families.”

This incident remained under joint investigation by the Iowa Department of Corrections and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, part of the Iowa Department of Public Safety and no further details were available at the time of publishing.

Editor's note: We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 

UPDATE: AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan  issued the following statement following the news of two correctional employees losing their lives this morning while on duty at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

"The members of AFSCME Council 61 stand with the staff and officers of the Anamosa State Penitentiary today as they mourn the loss of two of their own. No one should ever have to go to work and worry about whether they will come home or not. Unfortunately for two Iowans who had committed their lives to keeping our communities safe, they won’t be going home tonight. Our prayers are with their families, co-workers and loved ones during this time, and we will do everything we can to honor their memory.

"We don’t have all the information yet about what happened this morning, but as more information becomes available, we will have more to say about how we can ensure this never, ever, ever happens again."

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