Early yesterday evening, tempers began to flare up in a dorm housing multiple offenders that quickly escalated to a fight between a handful of inmates. TPSO Corrections staff immediately responded and diffused the situation. Moments later, several offenders turned on corrections staff resulting in four deputies receiving minor to moderate injuries. Additional responding deputies assisted in neutralizing the situation and regaining order. No offenders were injured during the incident.
"We are investigating the situation now to better determine the root cause and to determine how we can minimize it from happening again," Edwards says. “Our primary goal is safety - the safety of our staff and detainees. Our facility houses some offenders who have a history of violence both on the street and behind bars, a dangerous situation for deputies trying to restore order,” he continued. All four deputies were treated for their injuries and released.
Sheriff Edwards appreciates the commitment to public safety of all his employees. This incident is a reminder that not only the men and women who serve in an enforcement capacity face danger day in and day out in their jobs. "My corrections staff has a very difficult job to do and sometimes they have to put their safety at risk to try and protect inmates from one another as in this incident, and several were injured. I truly appreciate their dedication and commitment to the jail operations," says Edwards.
A full investigation in underway. No charges have been placed at this time, however criminal charges on offenders are believed to be forthcoming as the investigation continues.