A Texas correctional officer was found dead yesterday and the state criminal justice department is investigating the case as a homicide, reports the Texas Tribune. She was identified as Mari Johnson, 55. “This is a tragic reminder that carrying out [the department’s] mission can lead to the ultimate sacrifice,” said agency director Brad Livingston. No details of the death were provided except that Johnson was found unresponsive near the kitchen.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Johnson “was senselessly murdered.” He added, “Texas will ensure the perpetrator receives swift justice, and [the prison agency] has been instructed to take all necessary measures to enhance the safety of their staff to prevent such tragedies.”