Officer Seriously Injured in Assault at Yakima City Jail
A Yakima Police Department Corrections Officer was seriously injured on Thursday when he was knocked unconscious by an inmate at the Yakima city jail.
The Officer is being treated at a Yakima Hospital
The officer, who has not been identified is in critical but stable condition at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Authorities say it happened at about 4:30 pm Thursday when the officer entered the inmates cell. The 37-year-old inmate then violently assaulted the officer knocking him unconscious.
Officers had to use force to take the suspect into custody
A release on the Yakima Police Department Facebook page says "corrections staff immediately requested emergency assistance. Multiple Yakima Police Officers responded to the jail. The suspect was encountered by the first responding officer at which point the suspect would not comply with orders to surrender and force was used to take him into custody. In taking the suspect into custody, responding officers found the victim Officer unconscious inside the cell."
The suspect is now in the Yakima County jail
Authorities helped the officer until emergency medical personnel arrived. Police say the officer sustained significant injuries during the assault.
The 37-year-old suspect was booked into the Yakima County Jail on assault charges.
The Yakima Police Internal Affairs Unit is leading the investigation into the incident.
Those arrested on misdemeanor crimes are held in the city jail
Corrections Officers assigned to the Yakima City Jail division are responsible for the care and custody of offenders charged with and/or convicted of misdemeanor crimes occurring within the City of Yakima. Yakima City Jail is a 79 bed, full-service facility. Those who are arrested on felony charges are booked into the Yakima County jail.