Crime

Prison Inmates Save Deputy From Attacker (Video)

| by Jonathan Constante

A Florida prison inmate has been charged with battery for attacking a prison guard before his fellow inmates intervened and stopped him (video below).

The moment was captured by surveillance cameras inside Falkenburg Road Jail in Tampa on Feb. 28, WFLA reported. Kiondre Zachary, 22 was seen attempting to strangle Deputy D. Hernandez, 31, before his fellow inmates tackled him to the ground.

Zachary used a towel to wrap around the deputy's neck. He was surrounded by about 72 other inmates at the time, the Daily Mail reported. Hernandez was seen struggling, but was ultimately able to escape Zachary's grasp.

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Zachary appeared to swing at Hernandez before his fellow inmates stepped in. The inmates held Hernandez down until back up arrived.

Zachary was in prison for burglary. He is now facing charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, and has been moved to an isolation cell.

The Hillsborough County sheriff's office issued the following statement:

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.

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This incident highlights the extreme danger the men and women working at the Hillsborough County Department of Detention Services face everyday.

It also shows that because most inmates know that the deputies inside the pods are not adversaries and are treated fairly and with respect.

Hernandez suffered minor injuries: a twisted ankle, a bruised knee and abrasions to his neck. He has been a prison guard for only 10 months.

The video was first shared on LiveLeak. Several social users commented on the video, commending the inmates for stepping in to help Hernandez.

"Nice to see good cons helping out the guard, he must have treated them with respect," wrote one commenter.

"Free those guys that helped out the deputy... They have proven themselves worthy of being a responsible citizen to society," wrote another.

Sources: WFLA, Daily Mail, LiveLeak, LiveLeak via YouTube / Photo credit: WTVT, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via Daily Mail

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