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Correctional Officer Jose Rivera | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

Correctional Officer

Jose Rivera

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, June 20, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 10 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Stabbed

Location: California

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Offender: In custody

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Correctional Officer Jose Rivera was stabbed to death by two inmates at United States Penitentiary Atwater in Atwater, California. The inmates stabbed Officer Rivera with homemade knives as he was locking cell doors in preparation for the 4:00 pm headcount.

Other officers immediately responded to the location and restrained both suspects. Officer Rivera was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later.

One inmate, serving a life sentence for a third robbery, was convicted of murder and received a new life sentence. The other inmate, serving a life sentence for murder, is to be tried in April of 2015.

Officer Rivera was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for only 10 months. He is survived by his mother, two sisters, and brother.

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OFFICER RIVERA WE LOST YOU AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS OF A YOUNG LIFE TAKEN BY TWO ANIMALS, SUCH A VIOLENT LOSS OF LIFE, AS A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER ALSO WE WALK THE HALLS AND THE BLOCKS WITHOUT WEAPONS AND GUNS IT TAKES A BRAVE PERSON TO WALK INTO ANY JAIL. RIP BROTHER WE REMEMBER AND HONOR YOU TODAY.

C/0 CHIRICHELLO L. CERT
LANCASTER COUNTY PA
June 20, 2016

 

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