Guard killed at Wayne County federal prison
A corrections officer from Nanticoke was killed by an inmate at a federal prison in Wayne County last night, according to a press release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Eric Williams, 34, was killed by an inmate who used a homemade weapon at the U.S. Penitentiary, Canaan, a federal prison for male inmates located about 20 miles east of Scranton. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m.
"This is clearly the darkest day in our institution's short history, and we are in shock over this senseless loss of a colleague and friend," said Warden David Ebbert.
Williams began his career with the Bureau of Prisons on Sept. 11, 2011.
The prison remains in lockdown. An investigation is under way.