Correctional Officer I Robert Clark died after being assaulted by an inmate with a homemade weapon at the Smith State Prison. He was escorting two prisoners from the dining hall when one of them attacked him from behind with the weapon. The second prisoner attempted to stop the attack but was also assaulted and injured before the attacker was subdued. Officer Clark and the wounded inmate were both transported to a local hospital where Officer Clark succumbed to his wounds. The inmate who attacked him, who was already serving a life sentence for murder, was charged with Officer Clark's murder. Officer Clark had served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for only six months.
Deputy Sheriff Jacob Salrin was killed in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Bluff Road and Windy Drive. His patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer that was attempting to make a left turn onto Windy Drive. Deputy Salrin had served with the Richland County Sheriff's Department for one year and graduated from the police academy in January 2023.
Community Parole Officer Christine Guerin-Sandoval was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of W Bijou Street and N Spruce Street while she and two other parole officers attempted to arrest a parolee. They located the man inside a vehicle parked at a convenience store at the intersection at about 3:45 pm. As the officers approached the vehicle, the man intentionally reversed into them before fleeing the scene. Officer Guerin-Sandoval and one of the other officers were both struck. They were transported to UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central where Officer Guerin-Sandoval succumbed to her injuries. The subject was arrested a short time later. Officer Guerin-Sandoval had served with the Colorado Department of Corrections for five years and had previously served with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office for 12 years.
This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).
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