Federal Corrections officer Eric Williams, 34, of Nanticoke, PA, was killed Monday night during an inmate attack at the United States Penitentiary Canaan. Williams was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The name of the inmate has not been disclosed.
Official from the penitentiary released the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we report the death of Correctional Officer Eric Williams. Last night, Officer Williams, while working in a housing, was fatally assaulted by an inmate using a homemade weapon.
“Staff responded immediately and restrained the inmate. Officer Williams was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 11:30 p.m.
“Warren Ebbert said ‘This is clearly the darkest day in our institution’s short history, and we are in shock over this senseless loss of a colleague and friend.’
“Officer Williams, 34, was from Nanticoke Pennsylvania. He began his career with the Bureau of Prisons on September 11, 2011.
“The institution has been placed on lockdown status. The community was never in any danger. An investigation into this tragic event is currently underway.”