DeKalb jail officers injured in altercation

The incident occurred between inmate, Kenneth Trusty, and DeKalb County Jail detention officers Winfred McCall and April Baber Thursday.

Details of the incident are unclear, according to Sheriff Department officials.

“A preliminary report indicated that Officer McCall was conducting a routine inspection of the inmate’s cell to ensure that the cell is kept clean and free from weapons and other contraband,” said Mikki Jones, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman. “The officers conduct cell inspections daily. The inmate did not like the fact that his cell was being inspected/searched.”

McCall was taken to Grady Hospital by EMS with possible head and knee injuries. Baber sustained possible injury to her right hand and was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation.

A criminal warrant will be taken out against Trusty.

This incident is a reminder of the hazards that jailers encounter on a routine basis dealing with dangerous inmates, stated Sheriff Thomas Brown in a statement.

Trusty was booked into the DeKalb jail on December 26, 2008. He faces a multitude of charges including battery, armed robbery, rape, aggravated sodomy, gun possession, false imprisonment, and escape.

In April 2009 he attempted to escape from jail. In the jail's recreation yard, he used bed sheets to climb onto the rim of a basketball goal and attempted to scale a wall.

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