A prison inmate in Florida, who attacked a corrections officer and tried to strangle him with a towel, was tackled by fellow prisoners when they stepped in to help the officer.
Security footage inside of Tampa’s Falkenburg Road Jail recorded the moment that 22-year-old Kiondre Zachery attempted to choke Deputy D. Hernandez in the unprovoked assault on Tuesday.
Zachery is clearly seen wrapping the towel around the guard’s neck in front of 72 other inmates in the jail pod.
Deputy Hernandez was struggling with the prisoner before he escaped from Zachery’s grip.
Zachery then tried to punch the guard before other inmates jumped in and tackled him to the ground.
They assisted Deputy Hernandez in holding him down until backup arrived.
The guard suffered a bruised knee, twisted ankle, and abrasions to his neck.
He has worked at the prison for ten months.
Zachery was behind bars for burglary.
The inmate has now been charged aggravated battery on law enforcement and has been moved to isolation.
The Hillsborough County sheriff’s office said the inmates had helped the guard from being seriously injured.
“Due to the overall professionalism and respect that detention deputies display towards the inmates on a daily basis, they came to the deputy’s aid preventing him from being seriously injured,” the sheriff’s office stated.
“This incident highlights the extreme danger that the men and women working at the Hillsborough County Department of Detention Services face every day. It shows that because most inmates know that the deputies inside the pods are not adversaries and are treated fairly and with respect.”