MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Gov. Mark Dayton has order that flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of the corrections officer killed last week in the line of duty.
According to a release from his office Monday, the governor ordered that United States and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in honor of Joseph Gomm’s funeral.READ MORE: End Of Federal Eviction Moratorium Won’t Affect Minnesota Renters, State Is On ‘Its Own Timeline’
The 45-year-old corrections officer died Wednesday after he was attacked by a prisoner with a hammer at the workshop inside the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater.READ MORE: COVID-19 In MN: Health Officials Report 700+ Additional Virus Cases, 5 More Deaths
Gomm worked at the prison for 16 years. He leaves behind his mother and five siblings.
Following his death, some correctional officers left their jobs at Minnesota prisons, citing safety concerns.MORE NEWS: $20K Reward Offered For Info On 2019 Homicide In Maple Grove Park
The prisoner suspected of attacking Gomm, Edward Muhammad Johnson, is a convicted killer.