‘Tensions are high’; Inmate accused of attacking 3 detention officers, sergeant in Mecklenburg jail

‘Tensions are high’; Inmate accused of attacking 3 detention officers, sergeant in Mecklenburg jail
Officials say the incident involved 24-year old Dequan Timmons (PID# 469227), an inmate at the jail. (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - An inmate is accused of attacking and injuring three detention officers and a sergeant at Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

Officials say the incident involved 24-year old Dequan Timmons (PID# 469227), an inmate at the jail.

On Tuesday, around 7:21 a.m., officials say a POD officer ordered inmate to lock down, but Timmons reportedly refused. The POD officer called for assistance so a sergeant and two other detention officers responded.

The sergeant again asked Timmons to lock down, but he refused. The sergeant then told Timmons if he didn’t lock down, he would be sent to the disciplinary detention unit.

At that time, officials say Timmons removed his hands from his pants holding a sharp object, lunged toward the officers and a struggle ensued.

The officers and sergeant were able to subdue Timmons, handcuff him, remove him from the POD and take him to the disciplinary detention unit.

All staff members involved in the incident received medical treatment.

Officer Imani Pearson-Perry suffered a cut to the head and was not cleared to return to work Tuesday. Sergeant Lashaunda McLeod suffered a wrist injury while trying to remove the object from the resident’s hand. Officer Keon Farley and Officer Jeffrey Fowler were cleared to return to full duty.

“Unfortunately, this is part of the struggle we have faced in the past year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tensions are high and staff shortages are taking a toll. Detention Center staff are stepping up in every way they can to ensure the safety of fellow employees and residents,” Sheriff Garry L. McFadden said.

The Investigative Unit has initiated charges for Timmons.

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