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Sheriff's office: Video shows inmate attack deputy at Virginia county jail

Courtesy of the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy of the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office(WVLT)
Published: Mar. 25, 2018 at 12:57 PM EDT
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A video posted on the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office Facebook page shows an inmate punching a deputy several times at the Culpeper County Jail.

CBS affiliate WTVR reported that the deputy was able to subdue the inmate with a taser and another deputy helped restrain him. According to the sheriff's office, the inmate, Davion Person, had already flooded another cell and damaged a camera.

Person was moved to an isolation cell where he was holding a mattress when the deputy went into the cell. That's when the deputy was attacked. He suffered a facial injury, but Person was not injured.

Person is in jail on attempted murder charges and charges of shooting a firearm from a vehicle among other charges, said WTVR.

Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins issued a statement on the incident:

"I'd like to share a video clip of the incident and commend Deputy Buffalo and our entire jail staff for the work they do every day and the manner in which this assault was handled.

To his credit, inmate Person has already apologized to Deputy Buffalo for the assault and made no excuses for his angry attack."

Press Release - 03/23/2018 Deputy Scott Buffalo was assaulted by an inmate on March 22, 2018 at 11:52 p.m. The inmate, Davion Malik Person, had been moved to an isolation cell after already flooding another jail cell and damaging a camera. Person had continued to destroy jail property and then suddenly attacked Deputy Buffalo as he attempted to retrieve a mattress from the cell. Person was shot twice with a taser by Deputy Buffalo as he defended himself and Deputy Eddie Bell then assisted with getting Person restrained. Deputy Buffalo received facial injury and was treated by Urgent Care and will follow up with a dental appointment as well later today. Inmate Person was not injured. **************************** "I'd like to share a video clip of the incident and commend Deputy Buffalo and our entire jail staff for the work they do every day and the manner in which this assault was handled. To his credit, inmate Person has already apologized to Deputy Buffalo for the assault and made no excuses for his angry attack". ~Sheriff Scott Jenkins ***************************** Person is currently incarcerated in the Culpeper County Jail on 6 charges of shooting a firearm from a vehicle, 6 charges of malicious shooting into an occupied building, 5 charges of attempted murder, 4 charges of use of a firearm in commission of a felony 2nd offense, 1 charge of use of a firearm in commission of a felony 1st offense, 1 charge of non-violent felon in possession of a firearm within 10 years. Person now faces a charge of Felonious Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer with Deputy Buffalo, which requires a minimum six-month sentence and up to five-years if convicted. Person is a resident of Charlottesville and a known street gang member. Deputy Buffalo is a former Marine, serving 4 years active duty, and has been in law enforcement for 9 years, serving 5 years with Culpeper Sheriff's Office.

Posted by Culpeper County Sheriff's Office on Friday, March 23, 2018