Jail employee sent to hospital after struggle with inmate

A correctional officer was checked for injuries at the hospital after a struggle with an inmate at the Johnson County jail.

An inmate was being kept temporarily in a visitation room as deputies were moving inmates around. After the inmate threw a chair, deputies went in to restrain him, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

The inmate told jail workers that he wasn’t going back to his cell willingly. Workers then handcuffed Murphy, who threatened to kill them once he was released, the report said.

Correctional officers had to place leg straps on the inmate, who then attempted to hit a deputy with his knee. He also spat in the face of another inmate, the report said.

A correctional officer was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital to have his hand examined. The injury wasn’t serious and was a bruised hand, Maj. Duane Burgess, the county jail commander, said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.