Georgia jail employee arrested, accused of assaulting inmate

Credit: Peace Officer Standards and Training Council

Credit: Peace Officer Standards and Training Council

A South Georgia jail employee is behind bars after the GBI accused him of assaulting an inmate.

Ware County jailer Larry David Ross III is charged with battery and violation of oath of office in the incident, which occurred Friday, according to GBI spokesman Mark Pro.

Officials said he assaulted the inmate, identified as Devante Shaquil Wells of Waycross, while on duty at the Ware County Jail. Wells was in the jail on trespass and battery charges, Pro said.

It is not clear what led to the alleged assault.

Ross has been an employee in the Ware jail for less than two years, Pro said. He previously served two stints as a Ware State Prison guard from September 2015 to Octover 2017 and April 2018 to September 2018. He voluntarily resigned both times, according to records from the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the state’s police oversight agency.

Ross was booked into the Ware jail. An investigation is ongoing.

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