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Jail deputy injured by inmate

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A deputy working in the Public Safety Building at the Dane County Jail suffered a fractured shoulder while attempting to move an inmate to another cell.

Thursday afternoon the deputy learned a 34-year-old inmate was displaying acts of self-harm.  The deputy immediately called for mental health and nursing staff to come evaluate the inmate.  They all determined he should be moved to a location where his behavior could be more closely monitored.

The inmate agreed to cooperate, but when deputies entered his cell he fought with them.

When the incident was over, the injured deputy was taken to UW Hospital, where he was treated and released.  He may not be able to work for several weeks due to the shoulder fracture.

The inmate is charged with causing injury by resisting an officer.  The inmate was then conveyed to Mendota Mental Health Institute for being in violation of Chapter 51 commitment. 

This incident highlights the ever increasing demands on deputies and jail staff to care for inmates suffering from mental illness, and the safety concerns associated.

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