Correctional Officer Rex Thompson

Correctional Officer Rex Thompson

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, September 1, 1981

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Rex Thompson

Correctional Officer Rex Thompson succumbed to head injuries received the previous day when he was assaulted by a prisoner at the Lexington Correctional Center.

Officers were in the process of performing a lockdown due to a prison fight. During the lockdown one of the inmates attacked Officer Thompson near his station at the control center. He fell backwards, hitting his head on a four inch steel beam and concrete sidewalk. Officer Thompson died from blunt force injury to the head.

The 21-year-old suspect had served eight months of a two year sentence for assault with intent to kill. He was convicted of second degree murder and received an additional 10 years. In 1984 his sentence was overturned.

Officer Thompson was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, August 31, 1981
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Released in 1984

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Officer Thompson,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Oklahoma. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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September 1, 2021

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