Corrections Employee Gregory J. Gunter

Corrections Employee Gregory J. Gunter

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

End of Watch Saturday, December 25, 1982

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Gregory J. Gunter

Corrections Employee Gregory Gunter was stabbed to death at FCI Petersburg in Petersburg, Virginia.

He was outside of the prison facility when he heard a radio broadcast of a riot inside the prison. He responded back to the facility alone and encountered a group of approximately 15 inmates being chased by a large group of approximately 50 inmates. He attempted to stop the larger group when he was attacked.

He was stabbed and beaten to death by the inmates who were armed with homemade weapons.

Five inmates were convicted of murder and voluntary manslaughter in connection with is death. They received sentences ranging from 30 years to life in prison.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Virginia
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in Peace

I ask one thing - that in still, far-off days,
Someone who knew me should in their daily rounds,
Suddenly pause, caught by some sight or sound,
Some glance, some phrase, some trick of memory's ways
which brings me to mind, then I shall wait,
eager with hope, perhaps to hear -
“how great if he were with us still!”
And then at the end, all that I wish for is just -
“he was my friend!”

From “A Soldier's Epitaph” by David McNicholl

N Elias
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, USDOJ
Former Security Police Officer, USAF

May 28, 2017

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