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Inmate’s alleged attack leaves deputy with broken nose

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A sheriff’s deputy from Oakland County had his nose broken in Southfield on Wednesday night by an inmate he had come to transport, the sheriff’s office said Thursday afternoon.

Court transport officers were picking up inmates from the Southfield Detention Facility at about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday.

When a private security officer opened a cell door, a 29-year-old male inmate from Melvindale allegedly charged forward, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. A sheriff’s deputy used a Taser, but it didn’t stop the inmate.

The inmate then allegedly hit the deputy in the face with his forehead and started strangling the officer, according to the statement.

After a brief struggle, police were able to break up the altercation and get the inmate back in his cell.

The officer who was hit had his nose broken. After being taken to Southfield Providence Hospital, he was released. The cell extraction team of the sheriff’s office went to the detention center and were able to transport the inmate back to the county jail “without further incident,” police say.

jdickson@detroitnews.com