Corrections officers stabbed while intervening in inmate attack

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — An inmate at the Silverdale Detention Center stabbed two corrections officers. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said the officers were trying to stop an inmate-on-inmate assault.

The stabbing happened Thursday morning shortly before 3:30 a.m.

HCSO said a corrections officer opened a cell door to deliver medication to an inmate. At this time, Daques Davis shoved his way through the door. He began running toward two inmates in the unit day room, police said.

The two inmates were in the room during their allotted recreation time, officers said. This room is the main common area that inmates use while on recreation and not confined to their cells.

The sheriff’s office said Davis had a shank, which is a homemade weapon.

They said he attempted to stab the two inmates.

Two corrections officers tried to intervene. Police said Davis cut one officer’s wrist. He stabbed the other officer’s forehead twice.

The on-site medical team came to assist with the injuries, police said. Additionally, no inmates were stabbed or seriously injured.

The two officers went to a local medical facility for treatment.

“The injuries Deputies’ Bradley Steinburg and James Lewis sustained in this altercation represent the ever present challenges and serious dangers our corrections services personnel face on a daily basis while performing their duties. Despite the perilous dangers a homemade shank posed to their personnel safety, they took immediate action and gained control of the situation even as one of them was being stabbed in the forehead,” Sheriff Austin Garrett said. “We are fortunate they were not killed while responding to this incident. Both of them showed great courage and heroism in their response to protect the safety and life of these two inmates who were the apparent intended targets of this incident.”

HCSO said Daques Davis now faces the following charges from this incident:

  • Attempted first-degree murder.
  • Aggravated assault on a deputy.
  • Possession of a weapon in a penal institution.

Officers also said Davis was already being held for these charges:

  • First-degree premeditated murder.
  • Possession of a firearm during a felony.
  • Possessing a firearm with intent to go armed.

The sheriff’s office said they are still investigating the incident.

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