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Posted: January 29, 2013 10:50 p.m.

Inmate assaults detention deputy

A detention deputy at the Newton County Jail was injured Saturday evening after an inmate allegedly assaulted him.

There was a disturbance inside one of the pods and the detention deputy told all of the inmates to go on lockdown. All but one inmate complied. According to Public Information Officer Cortney Morris, 27-year-old Terrence Chambers refused to go into lockdown and essentially protested by sitting in front of the deputy’s desk and refusing to move. Morrison said that Chambers felt going into lockdown was unfair, since he had no part in the initial disturbance.

After being told several times to go into his cell, the deputy came around his desk and pepper sprayed Chambers who then, according to Morrison, began punching him with a closed fist. Several other deputies responded to the altercation. The deputy was sent to Atlanta Medical Center where he was treated and later released. He has been with the NCSO for less than a year.

Chambers, who was in the jail on charges of forgery, giving false statements to law enforcement officers, identity fraud and parole violation, has now been charged additionally with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

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