Vaughn correctional officer dies following work shift

SMYRNA – A correctional officer died after completing an overnight work shift, the Delaware Department of Correction announced Monday night.

Lamar Robinson-King experienced sudden life-threatening medical symptoms at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, and the DOC said nearby staff rendered aid before being joined by emergency medical personnel. The lifesaving measures continued as Officer Robinson-King was transported to an area hospital.

The medical issue was not related to COVID-19, the DOC said. The Delaware Division of Forensic Science will determine the cause of death.

Officer Robinson-King was a 17-month DOC veteran.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of Correctional Officer Lamar Robinson-King, a hard working and highly respected member of the Department of Correction family,” Commissioner Claire DeMatteis said in a statement.

Commissioner DeMatteis has ordered DOC flags to be flown at half-staff across all DOC facilities until further notice.