Saturday, Lee County Correction Officers were alerted to an inmate causing problems in a holding cell.
The officers responded to the incident and as they were removing the inmate, another inmate would not allow the officer to close the door and the officer was attacked.
Quartaveous K. Lyles, of Tupelo, has been charged with two counts of simple assault on an officer. Other officers responded to help with the situation and get the inmate under control and restrained. During the altercation one officer was punched in the head and another sustained a broken ankle.
Charges will be filed and presented to the next Lee County Grand jury. Lyles, 20, was originally arrested Aug. 26, 2019 by the Tupelo Police Department and charged with armed robbery.
“The current condition of our facility and the environment in which we are faced with everyday continues to place everyone in harm’s way,” Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said. “We will not tolerate anyone causing harm to anyone in our facility. We strive to provide a safe working and holding environment for our staff and those being detained.”
The Lee County Jail was built two decades ago and designed to hold 200 inmates, but through most of the year it housed nearly 250.
Lyle’s bond is currently $200,000.