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Hero Down: Gwinnett County DOC Senior Correctional Officer Scott Riner Murdered By Gunman Outside Jail

Lawrenceville, GA – Gwinnett County Department of Corrections (GCDOC) Senior Correctional Officer Scott Riner was murdered on Tuesday morning while in the parking lot of the jail facility where he worked.

The incident occurred outside the Gwinnett County Comprehensive Corrections Complex on Hi Hope Road as Senior Correctional Officer Riner was heading in to work at approximately 6: 20 a.m. on Dec. 13, WAGA reported.

Investigators said the 59-year-old correctional officer was found shot to death out in the parking lot near his truck.

The motive for the deadly attack is unknown, and no suspects were immediately identified.

The Gwinnett County Police Department (GCPD) released a grainy surveillance photo of the suspected shooter later on Tuesday morning.

They said he fled the parking lot on foot, WAGA reported.

“Right now, this is a very active scene, a very active investigation,” GCPD Sergeant Jennifer Richter said during a press briefing. “Our detectives and officers are following up on leads.”

Correctional Officer Riner had worked at the jail facility for more than a decade, GCPD Spokesperson Hideshi Valle told NBC News.

“The Gwinnett Police department would like to extend condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers,” the GCPD said in a statement to NBC News. “No arrest has been made, this is an active investigation, and detectives are exploring all motives.”

Officials said Correctional Officer Riner was well-liked and respected by his fellow officers, as well as by the facility’s inmates, according to WAGA.

“Being in this negative environment sometimes, working here, it’s easy to come in and be negative and be unhappy, but that’s not who he was,” GCDOC Captain Audrey Henderson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Every day he did it on a daily basis. That’s a hard job to do.”

“My prayers go out to his family,” Captain Henderson said. “I want his family to know he was my family as well, and we’re going to get through this together.”

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) posted a photo of Senior Correctional Officer Riner on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon.

“The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office sends our sincerest condolences to Senior Correctional Officer Scott Riner,” the sheriff’s office’s post read. “Please keep the family of Scott Riner and the Gwinnett County Department of Corrections in your prayers during this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Gwinnett County Department of Corrections Senior Correctional Officer Scott Riner, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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