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HCSO Corrections Deputy Assaulted by Inmate


Hamilton County, TN - On March 14, 2021, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy was assaulted at the Silverdale Detention Center by inmate Rodney Edward Ballard. Inmate Ballard was in his housing unit, stepped out of his cell, and then assaulted the Corrections Deputy.

During this assault, the Corrections Deputy was struck in the face and sustained minor injuries.

The assault resulted in both the Corrections Deputy and the inmate being treated by medical personnel.

“Every day our corrections personnel perform an extremely difficult and often dangerous job to ensure both the safety of our community as well as inmates in our correctional facilities. This assault highlights the challenges and violence our personnel face every day in the performance of their duties,” stated Chief Deputy Austin Garrett.

Rodney Edward Ballard was charged with Simple Assault in connection with this incident and remains in custody.

No further details are available at this time.

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