Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 months
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank
Offender: In custody
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.