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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: In custody

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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 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.

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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Hard to believe it's been slightly over 2 years already. It replays daily in my mind and seems like only a moment has passed. You are deeply missed by your family and your DOC family. Columbia CI will always feel the effects of that tragic night especially the ones who were by your side. You will never be forgotten.

May 10, 2014


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