Surveillance video shows altercation between inmate, deputies at Shelby County Jail

Surveillance video shows altercation between inmate and corrections deputies at Shelby County Jail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has released video of an altercation between an inmate at the Shelby County Jail and corrections deputies.

The incident occurred April 12, 2018 a the Shelby County Jail.

The sheriff’s office says it involved a “high-risk, violent convicted Tennessee Department of Corrections’ inmate” who they say attacked a deputy while being returned to prison following court appearances for pending felony charges.

According to the sheriff’s office, the Detention Response Team, which is trained in managing aggressive inmates, was escorting the inmate when the video shows him swing at a deputy.

“Once he attacked the deputy, the team immediately tried to gain control of the combative inmate, who positioned himself in a fighting stance, presumably to attack additional deputies,” reads a statement from the sheriff’s office.

DRT members deployed a chemical agent, according to the sheriff’s office, but the struggle continued. Several corrections deputies can be seen on video kicking the inmate before he was eventually subdued and restrained.

The sheriff’s office says the inmate was escorted to jail medical staff where he was evaluated and returned to prison.

No deputies required medical treatment.

The sheriff’s office says it conducted an administrative review of the incident and two corrections deputies are being required to undergo additional training on compliance techniques.

An attorney for the sheriff’s office, Debra Fessenden, released the following statement regarding the incident and investigation:

As for the April 2018 incident, no one was relieved of duty and remedial training has been completed. The inmate was already in TDOC custody on felony convictions, the decision was made not to charge him with misdemeanor assault and battery to avoid having to house him in the Jail during the pendency of a misdemeanor case.

We cannot discuss pending investigations.

SCSO has declined to identify the inmate or the deputies involved.

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