COVINGTON — A detention deputy with the Newton County Detention Center was injured about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when an inmate allegedly assaulted him.
According to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the incident occurred when, following a disturbance, the detention officer was putting the inmates in his pod on lockdown.
“One inmate refused to go into his cell,” Morrison said. “All the others went into their cells as requested, but he went and sat in front of the deputy’s desk, not complying with the lawful command to lock down. After repeated commands to the inmate to go into lockdown, the detention deputy came from around the desk and pepper-sprayed the inmate.”
Morrison said the inmate then jumped up and began to swing with closed fists, striking the detention officer. Other officers came to assist the injured deputy and the inmate was then placed in custody without incident, she said.
The inmate, Terrence Chambers, 27, was charged with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He was being held at the detention center on charges of forgery, giving false statements to law enforcement officers, identity fraud and parole violation.
The 24-year-old detention deputy was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he was treated and released. He has worked with the NCSO for approximately 10 months.