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Corrections officer shot dead in prison parking lot: 'He was our family'

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A senior corrections officer at a Georgia prison was murdered early Tuesday morning, shot dead in the parking lot of the facility where he worked.

According to reports, Scott Riner, 59, had just arrived for work at the Gwinnett Correctional Center, about an hour northeast of Atlanta, around 6:20 a.m. when he had an interaction with an unidentified "individual" in the parking lot. The exact nature and the length of the interaction are currently unknown, but reports indicate that the individual eventually shot Riner and fled the scene on foot. Riner died at the scene almost immediately, even before other officers could come and render medical assistance.

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