ABILENE TEXAS - A female corrections officer was killed by a male inmate at a prison in west central Texas early Saturday, authorities said. Mari Johnson, 55, was found unresponsive at around 3am near the kitchen area of the French M Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas, Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said.
Life-saving measures were initiated before Johnson was taken to Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene where she was pronounced dead, he said. The name of the inmate and circumstances surrounding the killing were not immediately released, and the death is being investigated as a homicide.
'Correctional officers have one of the most difficult jobs in all of state government protecting the public from dangerous individuals,' Brad Livingston, the department's executive director, said. 'This is a tragic reminder that carrying out that mission can lead to the ultimate sacrifice. 'Ms. Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice to keep this state safe.
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