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Inmate subdued following jail fight


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An inmate in the Johnson County jail punched a correctional officer in the face then ran through the booking office, fighting with officers and injuring two other people.

A correctional officer who was punched in the jaw and an inmate who was punched in the eye were both taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Donald L. Whitmire, 27, Indianapolis, could face additional charges of battery against a police officer, battery and resisting law enforcement. Whitmire fought with six officers within the booking area of the jail at about 9 a.m. Friday, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The fight was contained within about a 20-foot area inside the booking office, jail commander Maj. Duane Burgess said.

Whitmire has been held at the jail for several months and has had behavior problems in the past, Burgess said.

Burgess wasn’t sure how long Whitmire has been at the jail. Whitmire, 208 N. Warman Ave., was charged with burglary in October and another charge of disorderly conduct in November, according to court records.

“We’ve had issues with him, disciplinary issues, but we hadn’t had any problems with him recently,” Burgess said.

Whitmire was being transferred from his cell to the jail recreation area by a correctional officer, when he turned and punched her in the jaw on the left side of her face, according to the police report.

After punching the jailer, he charged forward and hit another inmate who was using the phone in the jail booking area, the report said.

Whitmire punched the 23-year-old man in the right eye and then continued running through the booking area.

Another correctional officer attempted to stop Whitmire and Whitmire kicked him in the stomach, the report said.

Four other officers swarmed into the booking office and helped wrestle Whitmire and handcuff him. Jail officers did not use a Taser on Whitmire, Cox said.

The correctional officer who was punched in the face by Whitmire was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for treatment. She had a swollen jaw and a lot of pain, the report said.

The inmate was also taken to the hospital and had a swollen eye after being punched, Burgess said.

Whitmire ran about 15 to 20 feet within the booking area before correctional officers were able to handcuff him, Burgess said. Whitmire didn’t know the other inmate he punched and gave officers no reason why he started the fight, Burgess said.

Even if he was able to get away from officers, he wouldn’t have been able to escape the booking area, which is locked, Cox said.

“We have security doors. That’s not going to happen,” he said.

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