SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeff Beard issued the following statement today regarding the correctional officer who was the victim of an attempted homicide in Colton last night.
“Our hearts are heavy after learning two people tried to murder one of our correctional officers in Colton last night. The Colton Police Department is investigating this tragic incident and we are thankful they immediately transported the officer to the hospital. Their quick actions saved his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer, a 26-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and with his family. I am proud of the men and women who work in our prisons and who willingly take risks every day to maintain the safe operation of our institutions and protect public safety. The 52-year-old officer is in critical condition and we are hoping for a full recovery.
We are also thankful to the Colton Police Department for their efforts that led to the apprehension of two suspects in Riverside by the Riverside Police Department. We are fully cooperating with the Colton Police Department to ensure these suspects are held accountable to the highest degree of the law.”