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.
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.