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Wake jail inmate critically injured in altercation with detention officer

Posted June 6, 2013

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— An inmate at the Wake County Detention Center was listed in critical condition Thursday at a Raleigh hospital after authorities say he was involved in an altercation with a detention officer.

Shon Demetrius McClain, 40, was being treated at WakeMed for a broken neck in the Tuesday night dispute, sources told WRAL News.

Capt. Jimmy Stevens, a public information officer with the Wake County Sheriff's Office, however, would not comment on the injury, saying only that McClain was injured after assaulting officer Markeith Council.

McClain had been in jail awaiting a June 27 court date on misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and consuming a malt beverage on city property.

Council, who is recovering from his injuries at home, has been a detention officer with the jail since 2009.

Stevens said no disciplinary action has been taken yet against Council, and Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said he is awaiting a report from the State Bureau of Investigation to determine if any charges should be filed in the case.

Willoughby said Tuesday's altercation is the second of its kind at the jail in as many weeks.

On May 28, an inmate was involved in a scuffle with detention officer Jamall Covington, but there were no serious injuries.

Covington was fired Wednesday for conduct unbecoming of an officer, Stevens said.

Willoughby said he is awaiting the results of an investigation to determine whether the officer's use of force was justified.

Stevens would not comment on the case involving Covington, saying it is a personnel issue.

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  • LastSon1981 Jun 11, 2013

    Warrensabeastyvette

    I hate to assume but I'm sure we can really assume this guy isn't a CO

  • #24WarrensABeast Jun 10, 2013

    I am a corrections officer, not superman. IF you had any idea of how the real world works, you would know that minding your business will go a long way. I am not interested in being the one to lose MY job, because I bring to light the ignorance of co-workers.

    1981 the time you spent typing that foolishness, you could of been doing something semi-productive with your life. Walk me out? Doubt it. Good try though
    jayb8408
    June 7, 2013 1:36 p.m

    "Ain't no future in frontin"!!!
    I surely hope you ARE NOT a corrections officer, with that attitude. I think if you know what is going on with these officer's and inmates and they find out that you know, NO DOUBT they will be "walking you out"!!

  • LastSon1981 Jun 10, 2013

    Trust me Supes if the officer where to start the fight he wouldn't be at home recuperating he'll be in county with the inmates you all fight so hard to defend

  • superman Jun 10, 2013

    The article said he was in an altercation with the officer. It did not say why and who started it. You kinda jump to conclusions when you assume the inmate started it. A little info and some of you just jump a mile.

  • esteryates69 Jun 7, 2013

    Just because he in jail,and he critically injured him.I do not think it take a rocket sciences,to think this is alright to break this man neck.If he die these correction such be charge with murder.Where vote's it my bet it was in a room so no one could see what was caught on camera.

  • dsdaughtry Jun 7, 2013

    so far, it does sound like excessive force. Perhaps WRAL can get a copy of the jail video surveillance?

  • ncdime1235 Jun 7, 2013

    Sounds like excessive force to me. Broken neck?? smh

  • Sherlock Jun 7, 2013

    Stevens said no disciplinary action has been taken yet against Council, just waiting, Good that the Cpt is willing to stand by his officers, glad I do not work for him, makes you wonder if this Cpt. has every worked in the jail or just got the position because....

  • Lady Justice Jun 7, 2013

    "Lady Justice, if you look up his DOC record you will see he has pulled felony time for failing to register as a sex offender. The offense was indecent liberties with a minor. Conviction date 1998. Nc DPS offender public information. Enter Shon mcClain age 40 and its right there. He was incarcerated for 1.7 years on the charge and 2 years for failure to register."
    toddchriscoe

    I realize that. I did not say he was never a registered sex offender, I said "he is not a registered sex offender", meaning current time, not past time.

  • jayb8408 Jun 7, 2013

    babedan
    I am a corrections officer, not superman. IF you had any idea of how the real world works, you would know that minding your business will go a long way. I am not interested in being the one to lose MY job, because I bring to light the ignorance of co-workers.

    1981
    the time you spent typing that foolishness, you could of been doing something semi-productive with your life. Walk me out? Doubt it. Good try though

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