A Flagler County Sheriff's Office detention deputy has been hospitalized after he was violently attacked by two inmates at the county's detention facility.
According to a news release, the two inmates, 34-year-old Carlos Dupree and 20-year-old Marion Gavins were going to a prayer meeting and requested approval to bring some prayer items with them. The detention deputy was instructed to allow the items, but they would have to be searched prior for safety reasons to ensure the items possessed no contraband and/or weapons.
The sheriff's office says the detention deputy is seen in the jail's surveillance video to have searched the items of Marion Gavins with no problems. The deputy then went to search Dupree's Quran, but he refused to release it to be searched. The deputy told Dupree that in order for him to bring it with him he would have to search the Quran.
The deputy reached for it again but he was then shoved by Dupree. The deputy attempted to detain him when the other inmate, Gavins, came from his side and pushed him into the wall. The two inmates then began to attack the detention deputy, violent throwing dozens of punches, knocking him unconcious pummeling him to the ground.
The release states, a second deputy heard the encounter and came to assist in gaining control of the two inmates. Even after his assist, Gavins refused to give in and continued his assault on the deputy throwing additional punches to his face and back.
The whole incident was caught on a jail surveillance camera, which upon replay show a total of 25 punches between the two successfully connect with the deputy's face and back.
The detention deputy was taken to a local hospital for lacerations to his head, back and forearm from the attack, as well as a possible concussion.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staley commented, "These are serious and violent offenders who attacked my deputy and I thank God he was not more seriously injured than he was." He continued, "Every member of the Sheriff's Office is a vital part of this organization and I will not tolerate anyone attacking them. Our deputies on the road go out and arrest criminals everyday but it's our dedicated Detention Deputies that have to deal with them day in and day out knowing they could be attacked by an inmate anytime. I commend Detention Deputy Myers for quickly coming to the aid of his fellow deputy. It is rare that we have any issue like this in our jail but the detention deputy that was attacked did nothing wrong, was following standard operating procedures, was treating these inmates with respect and had every right to search the inmate's personal effects for contraband. These two dirtbags are both in jail because they have no regard for the law, human life and don't think twice about using violence. I am also thankful the judges have kept both these violent offenders behind bars where they belong and not out in our community. I will also be talking with our state attorney to ensure they are both prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and I hope the judge puts them away for a very long time. No plea bargains, go to prison!"
Inmate Dupree has been in jail since December on charges stemming from an armed home invasion and Gavins was serving time after being arrested for shooting and killing an 18-year-old in May 2019. The both of them are now being charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and depriving an officer of means of protection or communication.