Jail fight results in hospitalization, minor injuries

An inmate in the Campbell County Detention Center has been charged with felony aggravated assault for knocking another inmate unconscious resulting in a brain bleed, Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said Friday.

The aggressor, a 33-year-old male currently awaiting sentencing for aggravated assault and possession of burglary tools, reportedly punched a 49-year-old twice in the doorway of a cell located in the detention center’s maximum-security section known as A-Pod around 9:50 a.m. May 27, Reynolds said.

One punch impacted the 49-year-old’s face and the other struck the back of his head as the 49-year-old male fell to the ground, where he lay unconscious for approximately 20 seconds.

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He was transported to the Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Reynolds continued, where medical staff diagnosed that he was suffering from bleeding on his brain. The injuries were not deemed life-threatening and the 49-year-old male will return to the detention center on May 28.

The 33-year-old male claimed he acted in self-defense, though surveillance footage moments before the alleged assault only showed the 49-year-old male standing in the cell doorway, per Reynolds.

When the older male returns, the pair will likely be separated into different maximum-security sections for the remainder of their time. The 33-year-old male, in addition to his citation, will also be charged with a detention center rule violation and will be placed in administrative segregation (solitary confinement) for several days, Reynolds said.