GATESVILLE - A female correctional officer passed away in a medical emergency Friday afternoon, following a “use of force” incident with an inmate, according to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) press release.
Shana Tedder, 41, was pronounced deceased at 3:22 p.m. at the Christina Melton Crain Unit.
Tedder complained of shortness of breath, walked to another area of the prison to rest, and then collapsed, according to the press release.
Prison staff performed life-saving measures until paramedics arrived, and they were unable to revive the officer.
“Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time,” Jason Clark, TDCJ Director of Public Information, said in a statement.
AFSCME Texas Corrections said before her death, Tedder had taken measures to defuse a confrontational situation with an inmate.
Tedder worked for the TDCJ for 12 years.
“Tedder had a bubbly spirit and a good sense of humor," President Sergeant Tanisha Woods said. "She touched a lot of people’s hearts. She will be missed.”
Woods added, “Her positive attitude was an inspiration to her coworkers and to her union.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Tedder family. You can donate by clicking here.