Inmate  attacks jailer with hand made shank

Johntavious Trice

Lee County Jail inmate Johntavius U. Trice will be charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer for an attack at 5:15 p.m. on November 4. In a closed circuit video, Trice clearly appears to hit a corrections officer in the head as he was being led to a meal.

Trice was immediately demobilized by another officer wielding a stun gun. Trice, 22, of Shannon, allegedly stabbed the officer with a “shank” or “shiv,” a small handmade knife, in the left side of his face between the eye and temple.

Sheriff Jim Johnson displayed the weapon during a press conference Monday. It is about four inches long, its handle wrapped in threads of some sort. The blade, about an inch long, is shiny chrome, whose source is unknown at this time. Johnson said the blade was likely procured from somewhere in the jail and then sharpened to a point by rubbing it against concrete.

“It was made with something here in the pod,” Johnson said. “This is another example of the dangers our corrections officers face in our facility.”

This is Trice’s second assault on an officer; he is shown in another video hitting a seated officer in the head on October 13 while he was being booked on a robbery count from Shannon.

Trice’s hands were cuffed in front of him during that attack. Johnson said the stabbed corrections officer is expected to make a full recovery.

Trice is being held on $50,000 bond; both attacks will be presented to the next Lee County Grand Jury.

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