FL Sheriff To Review Inmate Transfers After Deputy Killed


The Broward County, Fl., Sheriff’s office will review its policy of transports as many as four or five inmates at a time, escorted by a lone armed guard, reports the Miami Herald. Yesterday, deputy Paul Rein, 76, transporting bank robbery suspect Michael Mazza alone, died after Mazza, 40, overpowered him and shot him with his own revolver.

”Does it concern me that a guy with a life sentence did this? Yes,” said Sheriff Al Lamberti. “You learn from every incident. If we have to fix any policy we will.” The Florida Department of Corrections requires two armed guards anytime an inmate is transported. About 300 to 400 inmates are transported in Broward each day, often to the courthouse and back. Rein was killed while taking Mazza to court for the second day of his trial on charges of holding up a bank. The sheriff admitted he did not know whether Mazza was handcuffed in the van. No handcuffs were found when Mazza was arrested hours later at a pawnshop.

Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/467/story/299899.html

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