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Corrections Officer Lt. Rodney Osbourne killed in shooting at Orient prison training range

The incident is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.



A fatal shooting took place Tuesday afternoon at a prison training facility in Ohio.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) training range in Orient, located in Pickaway County approximately 20 minutes south of Columbus.

The range was being utilized by a special prison response team, as confirmed by the Licking County Sheriff’s Office, which had a deputy present at the range along with the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Lieutenant Rodney Osbourne sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to Mount Carmel in Grove City by a private vehicle before medical responders could reach the scene.

First responders reported that CPR was being administered, but unfortunately, Osbourne was pronounced deceased upon arrival at the hospital.

Osbourne, who served as an employee of the state and held an “exempt” position, overseeing correctional officers, was stationed at Lucasville.

Annette Chambers-Smith, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), expressed condolences, highlighting Osbourne’s 13-year tenure at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF).

Osbourne was actively involved in various roles within SOCF, including serving on the honor guard, Special Response Team (SRT), and the statewide STAR team. He was recently honored as the facility’s Employee of the Year.

Chambers-Smith noted the activation of support teams from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and ODRC to assist staff in coping with the tragedy.

The incident is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The investigation into the shooting is currently being conducted by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Details regarding the events leading up to the incident have not yet been disclosed.