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Update regarding Officer's Death

Monday, August 01, 2022

At approximately 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 31, Officer Alan Jay Hershberger, passed away due to injuries sustained while on duty.

Officer Hershberger was working at Davis Correctional Facility, a private prison in Holdenville, OK, when he was subject to an attack by an inmate.  Officer Hershberger was conducting an inmate movement when he was attacked from behind by inmate Gregory Thompson, ODOC # 194261, using a homemade weapon.  Davis Correctional Facility staff responded quickly and valiantly after the attack, attempting life-saving measures while securing the area to ensure the safety of staff and other inmates. 

The agency mourns the loss of Officer Hershberger and expresses our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Inmate Thompson is serving a life sentence for a 2003 First Degree Murder conviction out of Oklahoma County.  Thompson also has a pending sentence for a 2009 Manslaughter in the First Degree charge out of Pittsburg County running consecutive to his life sentence.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Office of the Inspector General is conducting an ongoing investigation and the results will be submitted to the District Attorney.


Media Contact:

Justin Wolf, Chief Administrator of Communications
Cell: (405) 642-4684

Last Modified on Aug 01, 2022
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