Two staff killed in Anamosa penitentiary attacks


ANAMOSA – At approximately 10:15 a.m., multiple staff members were assaulted at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. A department nurse and a correctional officer have died as a result of their injuries. 

At this time, the department is collecting and confirming details of the assault. What the department can confirm is that an inmate attacked multiple staff members and inmates in the prison’s infirmary. As a result of their injuries, a correctional nurse and correctional officer have died. 

Additional security staff arrived and restrained the inmate. Staff began attempting life-saving first aid on the injured until paramedics arrived. 

This information is preliminary, and subject to change pending verification and additional details. 

This incident remains under joint investigation by the Iowa Department of Corrections and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, part of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  

Names are being withheld at this time pending family notifications and investigation. 

The department will release additional details via press release as they become available in coordination with the Iowa Department of Public safety. 

Governor Kim Reynolds issued a statement this afternoon.

“Today, our state grieves the loss of two public servants who were attacked while on duty at the Anamosa State Penitentiary,” said Gov. Reynolds. “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.” 

Reynolds will order all flags at half-staff during the day or days of internment in honor the fallen public servants.

AFSCME President Danny Homan issued a statement at about 2:15 p.m.

“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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