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Sergeant Ruben Howard Thomas, III | Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Florida Department of Corrections, Florida


Ruben Howard Thomas, III

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Sergeant Ruben Thomas was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution Annex.

At approximately 10:00 pm he was checking on an inmate in one of the prison's dorms when he was attacked. He was stabbed in the neck several times by the inmate who was armed with a shank. The inmate, who was serving a life sentence since 1995 for murdering a college student, then struck another officer in the eye with a sock filled with a heavy item before being taken into custody. On June 19, 2013, the inmate was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.

Sergeant Thomas was transported to Shands Lake Shore Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Sergeant Thomas had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for six years. He is survived by his young daughter and fiancee, and his parents.

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3yrs ago today the department lost of good Sgt and a great man. I didn't know Sgt.Thomas but I heard people from my camp talk about him from their past. Its a shame he never got to meet his little girl. I walk through my gate everyday with a little more attentiveness and understanding. RIP Sarge.

Officer Hill
Lake Correctional Institution
March 18, 2015


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