By OPEC Staff

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) staff joins in mourning a Georgia correctional officer who was murdered Thursday night at Telfair State Prison in Helena.

Killed was 46-year-old Officer Larry Stell, who had worked for the Georgia Department of Corrections since 2001.

Officer Stell was stabbed to death with an inmate-made knife by an inmate serving a life term.

The incident is under investigation.

“It’s a tragic day whenever a fellow member of law enforcement is killed in the line of duty,” said Terri McDonald, CDCR Undersecretary for Operations. “CDCR offers its deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Larry Stell.”