Two people are dead, including a federal agent, following a shooting at a federal detention center in Tallahassee. The shooting came as several guards were about to be arrested on corruption charges.
Shots rang out at the Federal Detention Center in Tallahassee about 7:42 a.m., just a few minutes after federal agents had arrived to take six guards into custody on corruption charges.
One of the agents and one of the guards were killed and another person wounded. Another person was also taken to the hospital.
FBI Special Agent Michael Folmar wasn’t able to say much about what happened.
“It was an arrest situation, yes, where all six individuals were being arrested when this occurred.”
Some or all of the guards allegedly were involved in a scandal involving sex, alcohol and money with at least a dozen inmates at the minimum-security women’s prison next door. The FBI has had an ongoing probe underway at the complex for at least a year.
What this involves is the defendants using their official positions to obtain money from inmates in exchange for introducing contraband into the prison
The shooting occurred behind the lobby doors at the Federal Detention Center. Then the bullets continued to fly outside.
Forensics experts dressed in HAZMAT suits collected evidence outside. The facility remains in lockdown.
The corrections officer who fired the initial shot is identified as Ralph Hill. He was killed in the shootout with federal agents.
Authorities say the agents were not expecting any of the guards be armed. Hill reportedly used a personal weapon in the shooting.