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Correctional Officer Robert L. Hoffmann | 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

Robert L. Hoffmann

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

End of Watch: Saturday, October 22, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Location: Illinois

Incident Date: 10/22/1983

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Suspect: Died in prison

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Correctional Officer Robert Hoffmann was stabbed to death by an inmate at USP Marion in Marion, Illinois.

He and two other officers were escorting an inmate from a recreation cage back to his cell when another inmate slipped him a shank. He then attacked and began to stab the officers. Correctional Officer Hoffmann dragged one of the officers to safety after he was stabbed and then returned to the tier to save the second officer, who was still being attacked.

As he rescued the second officer the inmate stabbed him as well. He was able to rescue the second officer also before collapsing into the arms of his son, who was also a correctional officer at the facility. Because of Correctional Officer Hoffmann's heroic actions neither of the other officers died of their wounds.

The inmate was convicted of Correctional Officer Hoffmann's murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 2004 he died of a heart attack in prison.

The murder of Correctional Officer Hoffmann took place just eight hours after Correctional Officer Merle Clutts was murdered in an unrelated incident in the same prison.

Correctional Officer Hoffmann had served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 13 years.

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On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace.

Dennis Holmes, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons
October 22, 2014

 

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