A custody assistant who was attacked by a man being fingerprinted at the sheriff’s Lakewood Station, leading deputies to shoot and wound the suspect, has been released from the hospital and his home recovering from her injuries, authorities said Monday.
The attack and shooting occurred about 12:50 p.m. Friday at the station at 5130 Clark Ave., according to Deputy Marvin Crowder of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The suspect had been arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent, according to the sheriff’s department.
Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau told reporters at the scene that the suspect punched the 4-foot-11-inch employee in the face, took her stun gun and pulled her by her hair into a locked cell. The employee, who was reported to have suffered a broken nose, activated an alarm alerting others in the station.
Deputies ordered the man to release the employee, but he refused. Pepper spray was deployed, but to no avail, Corina said.
“A couple of the deputies come into the jail with guns, but the jail door is locked, he shut it and locked it, so they have to get another jailer, get some keys, open that door,” he said. “Once they opened the door, they ask him again to give up. He refuses, he points the Taser at them again and that’s when the deputy-involved shooting happens.”
The suspect, who was said to be 5-feet-10-inches and 265 pounds, was struck in the chest and arm and remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, according to the sheriff’s department.
His name has not been released.