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Officer Dies After Complaining About Broken Prison Locks

Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic

An Arizona corrections officer has died after blowing the whistle last year on the dangers that her colleagues faced from the failure of cell door locks at a state prison. 

Police say Gabriela Contreras died Sunday at her home in Goodyear.

Police say they’re treating the death as a suicide, though the official cause of death has not yet been determined by medical examiners.

Contreras had said she copied videos showing corrections officers being attacked at Lewis Prison in Buckeye after managers failed to fix the problem.

A union for corrections officers later released the videos to KNXV. 

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