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March 06. 2013 12:05AM

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ARCHBALD — A guard working at the Federal Correctional Institution at Canaan the night Eric Williams was killed committed suicide while off duty Monday afternoon, according to a union official and the Lackawanna County coroner.

Gregory Vineski, 46, of Scranton, was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. in Archbald from a self-inflicted gunshot, Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland said Tuesday. Archbald police are investigating the case, Rowland said.

Phillip Glover, an official with the union that represents federal prison guards, said the guard was working the night Williams, of Nanticoke, was killed and “apparently felt he should have done more.”

Glover said staff at the institution is still reeling from the death of Williams, who authorities say was beaten and stabbed to death by an inmate on Feb. 25. The latest death has deepened the grief.

“Right now I just don’t know how to describe the feeling,” Glover said. “We are trying to make some sense of it and help the younger staff to keep them going.”

Tim Rutkowski, law enforcement supervisor for the Northeast Region of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said the incident occurred on private property near the Archbald shooting range. Emergency crews who responded to the scene set up a staging area near the range.

Archbald police did not return a phone message.

Ed Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, said he could provide no details other than to confirm a guard from Canaan died while off duty.

Glover said prison officials have had a crisis response team in place at the Wayne County facility to provide counseling.

“Over the next couple of days we can try to make some sense of this. Our goal is to get the younger staff through this and keep them going,” he said.

Williams’ death remains under investigation by the FBI.

Times Leader staffer Chris Hughes contributed to this report.

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