Texas prison officer dies after inmate confrontation

FILE - Inside a jail. (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Inside a jail. (KXAN File Photo)

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials are investigating the death of a corrections officer after a confrontation with an inmate at a Central Texas women’s prison.

Officials say 41-year-old Shana Tedder complained of shortness of breath after a “use of force” incident with a prisoner at the Crain Unit in Gatesville. She walked to another area of the prison to rest and collapsed. Paramedics were unable to revive Tedder and she was pronounced dead at the prison Friday.

She’d worked for the prison system since 2005.

The agency defines “use of force” as measures taken during a confrontational situation to get an offender to comply or steps by officers to maintain a safe environment for offenders and prison staff.

The Crain Unit can hold about 1,500 female prisoners.