4 injured jail officers still on leave after scuffle with inmate

November 22, 1996|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Four officers at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup remained on leave after suffering injuries in a scuffle with an inmate last weekend, the jail's director said yesterday.

A fifth officer involved in the incident at 6 a.m. last Sunday suffered a broken hand, said James N. Rollins, the jail's director. That officer has returned to duty.

All of the officers were treated by their own physicians, Rollins said. He withheld the officers' names because, he said, the incident is a personnel matter.

The inmate involved in the incident, Timothy L. Hughes, 29, of Baltimore, also received bruises and was treated in the jail's medical unit.

Rollins said the incident occurred after officers attempted to move Hughes, who was in the segregation unit of the jail, from one cell to another. Hughes refused to move, Rollins said.

When officers went in the cell to get him, he rushed them, causing the scuffle, Rollins said.

Hughes has been at the jail since Oct. 24. He is being held on $2,000 bond in a drug possession case and is awaiting trial, Rollins said.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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