Sheriff: Three inmates charged with assaulting detention officers during disturbance at jail
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Three inmates at the Iredell County Detention Center face felony charges after they assaulted detention officers during a disturbance on Tuesday evening, Sheriff Darren Campbell said on Wednesday.
Four officers were injured during the incident.
At approximately 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, a detention officer was escorting inmate Martevis Jashawn Simpson to the housing area after he spent time with family and friends when Simpson became aggressive with the officer, the sheriff said in a news release.
As the officer was removing the handcuffs from Simpson, he inmate attacked the officer, striking him with the handcuffs causing cuts and other injury, Campbell said.
Simpson, 23, was subdued by officers and placed back in handcuffs, but other inmates in the Housing Pod begin reacting to this action by creating a disturbance, according to the news relase.
Even after being restrained in handcuffs, Simpson continued to cause a problem. Additonal officers were summoned after other inmates became loud, hit the glass in the door, and caused disturbances, Campbell said.
Patrol deputies and other law enforcement agencies were ask to respond to the jail to assist due to multiple inmates being involved in the disturbance.
Detention officers subseqeuntly entered the Housing Pod and removed Shyheim Fitzhugh Millsaps, one of the inmates who was identified as one of the agitators, Campbell said.
Millsaps, 25, became loud and aggressive towards the officers, according to the news release.
Prior to officers entering the cell, Millsaps and other inmates had placed makeshift masks on their faces in an attempt to shield themselves from pepper spray.
When the first detention officer approached Millsaps he refused to obey orders and attacked the officer, Campbell said.
While officers were trying to subdue Millsaps, inmate Rick Rashond Chambers, 26, assaulted one of the officers from behind striking him, the sheriff added.
Chambers is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the Jan. 6 shooting death of 30-year-old Freeman Jacobi Wells in Statesville.
Other officers responded and both inmates were subdued and placed in handcuffs. Officers used chemical munitions to gain control of the Housing Pod.
By that time most every inmate was "moving, yelling and some still causing a disturbance," according to the news release.
Millsaps was transported to the hospital by Iredell County EMS to be treated in part for exposure to pepper spray.
The sheriff said it is unclear if Millsaps and Chambers were working together to start a riot or if each man acted alone.
"It is clear, however, Chambers attacked detention officers from behind in response to Millsaps staring an altercation," Campbell said.
The combined effort of all law enforcement and the quick response by detention officers who initially separated the agitators from the other inmates helped keep a very dangerous and volatile situation under control, he added.
The investigation is still ongoing and other charges are expected in this case.
Chambers was charged with two counts of felony assault on a detention employee, felony inciting to riot, fail to disperse on command and disorderly conduct.
According to the ICSO, Chambers' criminal history includes the following charges: Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place Controlled Substance, Felony Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia, and First-Degree Murder.
Millsaps was charged with felony assault on a detention employee, felony inciting to riot, fail to disperse on command and disorderly conduct.
According to the ICSO, Millsaps'criminal history includes the following charges: Trafficking Opium of Heroin, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess Controlled Substance within 1,000 foot of a School, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possess With Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver MDMA, Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/ Deliver Schedule III, Maintain a Dwelling/Place Controlled Substance, Possession of Stolen Firearm, and Felony Possession of Marijuana. Millsaps is currently in custody for Possession with Intent to Sale/Deliver Controlled Substance.
Simpson was charged with felony assault with deadly weapon on a government official.
According to the ICSO, Simpson's criminal history includes the following charges: Resist Public Officer, Simple Assault, False Imprisonment, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Probation Violation, First-Degree Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Serious Injury, Assault on Female, Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, Felony Probation Violation, Assault Inflicting Physical Injury on Detention Employee, Felony Conspiracy, Alter/Destroy Steal Evidence, Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Possession of Firearm by Felon, and Accessory After the Fact/ Felony. Simpson is currently in custody for Felony Probation violation.