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- Nov. 17, 2021 -
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Blair County Prison Patch
Resided: Tyrone (Blair County)
PA, USA
Born: Jul. 23, 1974  
Fallen: Nov. 17, 2021
Race/Sex: Caucasian Female / 47 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Blair County Prison - PA
419 Market Square Alley  
Hollidaysburg, PA   16648   USA
(814)693-3155
County: Blair
Dept. Type: County/Corrections
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 16 years
Bio: Rhonda Jean Russell was the daughter of Ronald J. and Joyce (Bryan) Russell.

She was a 1992 graduate of Tyrone Area High School and a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in criminal justice. She was employed as a corrections officer at the Blair County Prison for the last 16 years.

She was always active watching her sons during their sports years and recently with Donald establishing their cabin in the woods near Portage.

Survived by:
Son
(3)

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Altoona, PA   USA
Summary: Corrections Officer Rhonda Russell was shot and killed after a struggle for her firearm at the holding area of the Central Court building at 615 Fourth Street in Altoona.

A male inmate attacked and disarmed Officer Russell while waiting for a court hearing. An Altoona police officer who was in the court building saw the altercation between Officer Russell and the suspect. The suspect had restrained Officer Russell and aimed the weapon at the officer. The officer shot at the suspect, but the suspect moved Officer Russell into the line of fire. She was transported to UPMC Altoona, where she succumbed to her wounds.

The inmate who attacked Officer Russell was charged with murder of the second degree and murder of a law enforcement officer of the second degree.

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