Deputy stabbed by detainee during intake at Fulton County Jail, sheriff says

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat said he is conducting an internal review after a deputy was stabbed Monday morning while booking a detainee into the county jail, Chanel 2 Action News reported.

The deputy was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with multiple stab wounds but was in “good spirits,” Labat told the news station Monday. The sheriff did not believe he would require surgery.

The detainee, identified by Channel 2 as Richard Donny Parham Jr., had a knife in his possession and charged the deputy during an intake process, according to Labat. Parham was arrested Sunday night by Atlanta police on multiple counts of terroristic threats, as well as felony obstruction by threats of violence against police officers.

The circumstances surrounding his arrest were not immediately available. According to online jail records, Parham also faces a traffic charge of emerging from an alley, driveway or building without stopping to yield.

The attack at the jail happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday when the deputy went to complete his processing, Labat said.

“In this case, because it was an APD arrest, we want to go back as far as the timeline as we can to make sure we were very thorough,” the sheriff told the news station Monday. “It appears there is a knife involved. We are investigating how the detainee obtained the knife and to what extent someone did or didn’t do their job.”

Labat said he would review extensive surveillance footage to determine what steps were missed, if any.

Parham remains in the Fulton County Jail and is facing additional charges of aggravated assault on an officer, possession of a knife during the commission of a felony and unlawful possession of a weapon as an inmate. Bond has not been set on his felony charges, online records show.

Read the full story from Channel 2 Action News here.