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Corrections Deputy Injured Following Assault by Inmate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 23, 2016
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
shari.ireton@snoco.org, 425-388-3377, Media line:  425-249-6263
EVERETT, WASH. – A corrections deputy was assaulted today by an inmate at the jail.  The assault occurred around 4:30 a.m. in the psych unit of the jail, which usually houses around 10-17 inmates and is supervised by one corrections deputy. The inmate was out of his cell and assaulted the 53 year-old corrections deputy. Additional corrections deputies arrived at the module within a couple of minutes and were able to subdue the inmate. The corrections deputy sustained several injuries, although none are considered life-threatening, and he was alert, conscious, and talking when transported to the hospital.  He has worked at the Snohomish County jail for more than 12 years.
The 26 year-old male inmate was booked last summer for two counts of 2nd degree assault and during the arrest, it is alleged that he assaulted the arresting officers and tried to take one of their weapons.
"This incident serves as a reminder of the dangers we deal with day in and day out," said Corrections Bureau Chief Tony Aston. "The corrections deputy responded to the unprovoked attack as a true warrior and professional. He kept his wits and and I am abundantly proud of him and his co-workers, whose quick response and actions most likely saved the corrections deputy's life."

Detectives with the major crimes unit are investigating the incident. It is unknown how long the corrections deputy will be in the hospital at this time.
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