Corrections Officer II Joseph Brian Gomm

Corrections Officer II Joseph Brian Gomm

Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Joseph Brian Gomm

Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm was beaten to death by an inmate at Minnesota Correction Facility–Stillwater at approximately 1:30 p.m.

He was supervising inmates in the prison's industry building when he was attacked by one inmate with a hammer. Officer Gomm was transported to Regions Hospital, in St. Paul, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Gomm had served with the Minnesota Department of Corrections for 16 years. He is survived by his mother, three brothers and two sisters.

In August 2019, six miles between I-95 between I-94 and Minnesota 36 was renamed Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm Memorial Highway.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Hammer
  • Offender In custody


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Memorial service to be held for slain MN corrections officer on one-year anniversary

PUBLISHED: July 15, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Corrections will host a memorial service Thursday in honor of Joseph Gomm, who was a corrections officer slain at the Stillwater Correctional Facility.

The ceremony will be led by the Department of Correction’s Chaplain Marty Shanahan, and Commissioner Paul Schnell will also speak. A moment of silence will be held, and a bench and rock monument in honor of Gomm will be unveiled.

The 1 p.m. ceremony will be held at the flag pole on the lawn of the historic warden’s house directly across the street from the Stillwater prison.

Gomm was bludgeoned to death while working in the prison’s industry building on July 18, 2018. An inmate, Edward Muhammad Johnson, a 43-year-old serving time on a murder conviction, has been now been charged in Gomm’s death with murder.

Gomm was a 16-year veteran of the department that was remembered as as dedicated officer who looked out for others.

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July 15, 2019

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