PERRYVILLE, AR – There are very few details surrounding the Wednesday night shooting death of 21-year-old Jeremiah Story inside the Perry County Corrections Facility. Story was working the night of June 22, when 37-year-old Roderick Lewis was brought in for booking on drug and paraphernalia charges.
Once he was booked, he was directed to a changing area to get out of his clothes and into the clothing worn by inmates of the facility.
While he was changing, he produced a firearm. He opened fire, striking Story, who was transported to a Conway, Arkansas hospital for treatment. He died the following day of his wounds. The Arkansas State Police are leading the investigation.
#BREAKING Arkansas State Police are investigating after a correctional officer was shot and killed inside the Perry County Jail late last night. Police say the suspect was being booked into the jail when it happened. I’m live all morning with the latest information. pic.twitter.com/OQ2Ptd0UB8
— Claire Kreuz (@ClaireKreuz_4) June 23, 2022
Authorities say that Lewis, of North Little Rock, was disarmed by a witness, as reported by Fox 16. They have not stated whether that individual was an employee or an inmate.
Lewis was transported to the Faulkner County jail in Conway.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutlege offered her condolences through a statement, saying in part:
“Every day, our men and women in blue put on their badge with a desire to pursue justice, no matter the cost. Arkansas is blessed to have dedicated officers who always answer the call to serve their community.”
Governor Asa Hutchison tweeted his sentiments.
Perry County jailer Jeremiah Story was known for his cowboy hats & big heart. Late Wednesday, he was shot & killed at the Perry County jail. His death is a loss to Arkansas & my prayers go out to his family & coworkers. I've directed flags to be flown at half-staff until June 28.
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) June 24, 2022
“Perry County jailer Jeremiah Story was known for his cowboy hats & big heart. Late Wednesday, he was shot & killed at the Perry County jail,” Governor Hutchison wrote. “His death is a loss to Arkansas & my prayers go out to his family & coworkers. I’ve directed flags to be flown at half-staff until June 28.”
CBS 5 reported more on who Story was, as his community mourns his loss.
He graduated high school in 2018 and joined the U.S. Army.
“His smile was infectious,” said Beverly Ussery, whose kids went to school with Story. “When you heard Jeremiah’s name, it was usually in church, him helping the youth. Or on the football field helping the younger kids.”
Ussery and Deloise McDonough, another family friend spoke of the community and how it is pulling together.
“In times of sadness and in times of happiness, we are always there for each other,” McDonough said.
Ussery echoed that sentiment.
“We come together. We are small, but when something tragic happens, we come together, and we are mighty.”
While the investigation is still unfolding and details are few, we will monitor this story and provide updates as they become available. One of the questions that remain to be answered centers around how the suspect got the weapon in the jail.
After inmates come up with plan to attack sheriff’s deputy, female deputy gets rescued… by other inmates.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL – An inmate in the Hillsborough County jail attacked a sheriff’s deputy, only to have other inmates come to the aid of…the deputy.
The inmate, Bridgette Harvey, told Deputy Lillian Jimenez that another inmate, April Colvin, was in need of assistance in the women’s restroom. Jimenez entered the bathroom to conduct a welfare check.
That is when Harvey put a pillowcase around the deputy’s neck and began choking her.
Surveillance video from inside the pod shows numerous inmates sleeping. Jimenez can be seen entering the restroom.
More than 30 seconds passed before Harvey can be seen entering and attacking the deputy from behind.
Several other inmates then come into view to aid the deputy. Almost 40 additional seconds elapsed before the Emergency Response Team entered the room. It is unclear exactly what was happening in the restroom once the other inmates entered the frame.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office issued the following statement.
“Just before 1 a.m. on June 7, 2022, inmate Bridgette Harvey, 42, approached Deputy Lillian Jimenez and stated that another inmate required the deputy’s assistance.
While en route to conduct a well-being check on April Colvin, 37, in the women’s restroom, Harvey approached Deputy Jimenez from behind and placed a pillowcase around her neck in an attempt to choke her.
Deputy Jimenez called for the Emergency Response Team via her radio, while several inmates came to her rescue by removing the pillowcase from around her neck and freeing her from Harvey’s grip.
The Emergency Response Team escorted Deputy Jimenez out of the pod. Harvey was subsequently secured in restraints and removed from the pod. Deputy Jimenez suffered minor injuries to her neck and throat.”
Harvey told investigators that she had planned the attack. She was also found to be in possession of a comb that she had sharpened on both ends with her teeth.
She now faces charges aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a weapon (great bodily harm), introduction of contraband into a detention facility, and two counts of escape from confinement.
April Colvin is also facing charges of escape from confinement for the role she played in the attack.
The two women, along with two others determined to be co-conspirators were all removed from the cell pod and placed in solitary confinement.
Fortunately, Deputy Jimenez was able to escape without major injury. Luckily, regardless of why they were there, other inmates came to her rescue rather than aiding or simply turning a blind eye.
One of the inmates who assisted is named Mary Jean. Her attorney spoke with CNN.
“This really sheds a light to show that she is a good person, she does the right thing and that we can’t make those types of assumptions just because somebody’s incarcerated,” Denitsa Kolev said regarding her client.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister echoed the words of praise for Mary Jean and the others who helped.
“While these inmates put our deputy in danger, there were others who did the right thing by coming to her aid, and for that, I am grateful.
Thanks to the quick response of our Emergency Response Team and the inmates who showed compassion to help our deputy, a dire situation turned into the safe rescue of Deputy Jimenez.
The assailant and her co-conspirator now face additional charges for assaulting her.”
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Watch: Parkland school shooter attacks correction officer just months after being in jail
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL- According to a video shown in court, accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz attacked a correction officer at the Broward County Jail in 2018, just months after the deadly mass shooting spree that left 17 dead.
The footage, which was posted on YouTube by Law & Crime, shows Cruz walking in circles in the jail cafeteria.
After several minutes, Cruz is then seen speaking to the officer, identified as Sgt. Raymond Beltran, who was sitting in the corner of the cafeteria. Watch below:
The November 13, 2018 video has no audio, but Cruz is seen giving the officer the finger before lunging at him and wrestling him to the ground while actively swinging at him.
Fox News reported that this 2018 video was played by prosecutors in court during Cruz’s first in-person court appearance since the COVID-19 outbreak.
During the 30-minute court appearance over battery and assault charges stemming from the jail altercation, Cruz sat quietly in his orange jumpsuit and restraints.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that the 2018 jail altercation is being tried separately from the first-degree murder case and the recent hearing on Wednesday, July 14th, was to determine whether prosecutors should have access to Cruz’s medical records.
Prosecutors stated that they need to review the records as Cruz’s attorneys have indicated their defense will be that Sgt. Beltran mistreated Cruz previously and provoked the attack. In reference to the 2018 jail altercation, Beltran reportedly told investigators he asked Cruz not to drag his feet and damage his sandals.
Accused Parkland Shooter Attacks Prison Guard In Video Released During Court Casehttps://t.co/JB14Xdvq8d
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 15, 2021
The video shows Cruz flip both middle fingers at Beltran and then him charging the officer, who stands up to defend himself. Cruz, who weighs about 130 pounds, was able to throw Beltran to the ground briefly before the officer was able to flip him over and briefly stabilize him to the ground.
Cruz was able to escape Beltran’s grip and both stood up into boxing stances.
Cruz swung at Beltran first, hitting him in the shoulder before the officer hits Cruz in the face. Beltran then pulls his stun gun and points it at Cruz, who gets on the ground. Cruz was then restrained with handcuffs.
Parkland shooter back in court https://t.co/IroqZBA9kQ
— 360MediaX (@360mediaX) July 15, 2021
The altercation lasted nearly 60 seconds. Prosecutor Maria Schneider told Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer that her team needs Cruz’s medical records from the time her arrived at the jail, stating that if Beltran previously mistreated him, those injuries, if any, might have been documented.
David Wheeler, Cruz’s attorney, argued that Cruz’s medical records are private under state and federal law and that most prosecutors should only be allowed to see records of any examinations that happened within one day of the fight.
Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, 22, makes first in-person court appearance since the start of pandemic https://t.co/kjuzj7JIOg
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) July 15, 2021
In the 2018 altercation, neither Cruz or Beltran appeared to suffer any serious injuries. Judge Scherer said she would rule on the prosecutor’s request by Friday, July 16th.
As of this writing, no trial date has been set for either the assault or the murder cases. Cruz, who is now 22-years-old, faces a possible death sentence if convicted on the murder charges for one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
His attorneys have said he would plead guilty to the murder charges in exchange for a life sentence. However, prosecutors have refused that plea bargain.
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