Just Released Man Tries To Carjack Corrections Officer, Gets Shot

Jamal Bennett attacked a 66-year-old corrections officer while trying to steal his car.

Philadelphia, PA – A 26-year-old man just released from prison was shot Feb. 9 in the prison parking lot when he tried to carjack a 66-year-old corrections officer.

Jamal Bennett attacked Corrections Officer Michael Maratea in a parking lot near the prison at about 11 p.m. according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Corrections Officer Maratea was just getting off work when he was attacked. He fought with Bennett and was able to pull out his gun and shoot Bennett in the chest, authorities said.

Bennett was transported to the hospital and was listed in critical condition. Correction Officer Maratea was also taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.

A union representative for correction officers said the problem was that the prison allows the prison staff to share the same parking areas as visitors.

Lorenzo North, president of Local 159, the chapter of AFSCME District Council 33, said the prison has known about that risk for a while.

“For at least two years, I’ve been asking for a separate parking lot,” North said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The correctional officers have a job to do, but receive no help from the management to go home the way they came to work.”

“This is a wake-up call,” he said. “If Mr. Maratea wouldn’t have had a gun, what would’ve happened to him?”

Shawn Hawes, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, said there are plans for a separate parking facility for prison staff only.

“It’s a part of capital projects that are under consideration right now,” Hawes said. “It’s something we’re working on and hopefully we’ll be able to accomplish.”

Bennett was in prison for violating probation for weapons offenses prior to his release, according to prison officials. Bennett has been incarcerated seven times since 2011.

Corrections Officer Maratea has been employed at the prison since 1991.

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lds719
lds719

The only thing the correctional officer did wrong was to allow this POS to live. Shoot until the threat is over. The threat will not be over until this animal is dead. We should go back to San Francisco and other large cities in the 60's when the ambulances were driven by police. A perp that shot a cop rarely made it to the hospital alive.

Josher22
Josher22

So the union rep thinks the problem is ‘parking lots’??? Lmao! First problem is we need tougher sentences and bare bones prison accommodations. Second problem is the dumb@ss union rep.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

They need to change the parking lot area and as far as I know when you get realeased from prison they bus you away from the prison, Precious experience sorry p many years ago!

Disillusioned61
Disillusioned61

So, the location of the parking lot is the problem? Geez..... smdh

Joyful noise
Joyful noise

The corrections officers have to come and go from that prison everyday. One of the newly released prisoners could easily follow them home. And it sounds like he targeted the officer...

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