Governor John Hickenlooper announced that Colorado Department of Corrections Officer, Sergeant Mary K. Ricard, age 55, was in an killed early morning altercation on September 24  at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Crowley, Colorado.

The altercation, in which a knife was used, occurred during breakfast preparation for the inmates. The cause of the altercation remains under investigation by the Colorado Inspector General for the prison system and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The inmate involved was subdued and moved to the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canyon City, the state’s most secure maximum security facility.

The suspect’s name has not been released but unnamed sources close to the investigation state the suspect was serving 35 years to life for the kidnapping and rape of a 14 year old girl from a bus stop in Colorado Springs 10 years ago.

Another corrections officer that was also assigned as a kitchen staff worker, Sgt. Lori Gann, was seriously injured in the same altercation and is listed in critical condition at a Pueblo Hospital.  Sgt. Gann has been employed by the Colorado DOC since 2009.

Corrections Sergeant Ricard had been employed by the Colorado DOC since October of 2003.

The Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility houses about 1000 male inmates in a medium security facility.

Corrections Sergeant Mary K. Ricard, gone but never forgotten.

EOW: Monday, September 24, 2012

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