A Florida jail inmate attempted to strangle a Hillsborough County Jail deputy on Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by 72 inmates.
HCDS detention deputy D. Hernandez was attacked from behind and strangled with a towel by 22-year-old Kiondre Zachery. The entire incident was captured on camera.
“This incident highlights the extreme danger the men and women working at the Hillsborough County Department of Detention Services face everyday,” a release from the sheriff’s office said. “It also shows that because most inmates know that the deputies inside the pods are not adversaries and are treated fairly and with respect. Due to the overall professionalism and respect that detention deputies display towards the inmates on a daily basis, the inmates came to the deputy’s aid preventing the deputy from being seriously injured.”
According to ABC Action News, Hernandez received minor injuries, including neck abrasions, a bruised knee and a twisted ankle.
Zachary, who was uninjured, was moved to an isolation cell. Originally in jail for burglary, he now faces charges for aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.
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