Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Mark S. Inch


Press Release

November 8, 2022

Attack On FDC Officer Leads to Arrest of Inmate

Live Oak, Fla. — A Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Correctional Officer was physically attacked while on duty. The incident resulted in a swift arrest of the attacker by the FDC Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

On October 29, at Suwannee Correctional Institution in Live Oak, Inmate Shauntwan Reshard Barnes (N21938) grabbed an officer’s hand and pulled it through the cell door food flap causing injury.

Inmate Barnes was charged with battery of a law enforcement officer, arrested and taken to Suwannee County Jail for booking. Details related to the battery are limited due to privacy laws, but additional information can be found in the affidavit.


As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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