Correctional Officer, Nurse Dead in Attack by Inmate at Anamosa State Penitentiary

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ANAMOSA, Iowa – A correctional officer and a nurse at the Anamosa State Penitentiary have died following an assault by an inmate Tuesday morning.

According to the Iowa Department of Corrections the assault happened in the prison’s infirmary around 10:15 a.m. The department says an inmate attacked several staff members and inmates.

The inmate who launched the attack was restrained by other security staff.

First aid efforts were attempted on the injured prior to paramedics arriving.

The department says the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

The names of the deceased are not being released until family members can be notified. The identity of the inmate who perpetrated the assault has not been released.

More information is expected to be released as the investigation progresses.


Governor Reynolds has released a statement on the fatal assault of two employees at Anamosa State Penitentiary.

“Today, our state grieves the loss of two public servants who were attacked while on duty at the Anamosa State Penitentiary,” said Gov. Reynolds. “My prayers and deepest condolences are with their families, friends, and colleagues as they begin to cope with this senseless tragedy. We will exhaust every available resource to deliver justice to those who committed this act and bring a sense of closure and peace to the victims’ families.” 

Governor Kim Reynolds

The Governor will order flags be lowered to half-staff at statewide buildings once more information is released on the victims.


Danny Homan, President of AFSCME Council 61 – the union which represents correctional employees in Iowa – issued this statement on the deadly assault in Anamosa:

The members of AFSCME Council 61 stand with the staff and officers of the Anamosa State Penitentiary today as they mourn the loss of two of their own. No one should ever have to go to work and worry about whether they will come home or not. Unfortunately for two Iowans who had committed their lives to keeping our communities safe, they won’t be going home tonight. Our prayers are with their families, co-workers and loved ones during this time, and we will do everything we can to honor their memory.

We don’t have all the information yet about what happened this morning, but as more information becomes available, we will have more to say about how we can ensure this never, ever, ever happens again.

Danny Homan


The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation into the attack and the events that transpired.

“Due to the nature of the criminal investigation, the department is limited in the information it can provide related to the incident at this time,” a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections said.

The department will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

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