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Hamilton County Jail Inmate Assaulted by Fellow Inmates


Hamilton County, TN – On Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at approximately 8:15 pm, an inmate in the Hamilton County Jail was assaulted in what appears to be a deliberate and planned attack by fellow inmates.

HCSO Corrections Services and contract medical personnel immediately responded to the assault to assist the inmate. HCEMS responded to the Hamilton County Jail and the inmate was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Due to the seriousness and extent of the injuries, the inmate was released from HCSO custody by the Hamilton County Sessions Court.

Unfortunately, on October 4, 2023, the inmate succumbed to his injuries.

After the assault occurred on September 26th, due to the extent of the inmate’s injuries, Sheriff Austin Garrett notified Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp of the incident. Due to the fact the assault took place while in HCSO custody and the extent of the victim’s injuries, District Attorney Wamp directed the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to investigate the incident.

Any additional questions should be directed to the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The name of the inmate is not being released at this time.

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