Today, an inmate at the Lakewood Station jail punched a female custody assistant in the face during fingerprinting, took her taser and pulled her into a locked cell. Despite suffering a broken nose and a concussion, the C.A. managed to active her emergency alarm while the inmate held her hair in one hand and the taser in the other. Responding deputies were forced to shoot the inmate in order to save the life of the custody assistant. Both the C.A. and the inmate were transported to the hospital for treatment. The C.A. is recovering and PPOA Executive Director Wayne Quint was at the hospital with her and her family to offer support. Meanwhile, a PPOA attorney was dispatched to Lakewood Station to assist the lieutenant involved in the incident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the custody assistant and her family — PPOA is committed to assisting them throughout the recovery.