January 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
Reward Offered in Murder of Michigan Corrections Officer
The Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO), the union that represents nearly 8,000 state corrections and forensic officers in the state of Michigan, has announced it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Correctional Officer Clarence Hammond III.
Clarence Hammond III, 33, was a state corrections officer at the Macomb Correctional Facility in Detroit and a member of the Michigan Corrections Organization since 2006.
Officer Hammond clocked out from work at 10 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012. Just over two hours later, still in uniform, he pulled into the parking lot of his apartment complex and was ambushed by a gunman who shot and killed him on the spot.
Police are actively searching for his attacker and are also looking into any possible connection to his position as a corrections officer.
Officer Hammond leaves behind two young boys, aged 4 and 5. A fund has already been established for the boys’ education to which MCO is donating $10,000.
“Corrections Officers everywhere take this personally. Working together behind the walls we become family and we mourn the loss of one of our own. While we don’t know the circumstances surrounding his death at this point, we are concerned that this could be related to his position as a corrections officer. This is a dangerous job even after we leave the secure perimeter, and this is a reminder that we must stay vigilant at all times,” states Michigan Corrections Organization President Tom Tylutki.
Anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Madison Heights Police Department at (248) 585-2100.- # -
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