THIBODAUX, La. -- The Lafourche Parish Sheriff announced Wednesday that a deputy was injured at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center during one of two incidents involving the same inmate over the weekend.
Inmate Jerry Cleveland Jr., 19, of Raceland faces three additional battery charges following the incidents.
According to the sheriff's office, at around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, two deputies were escorting Cleveland to a nearby cell due to the toilet in his cell not functioning.
As deputies opened the door to the other cell, Cleveland struck another inmate occupying that cell in the head which resulted in the other inmate's head hitting the cell bars, knocking him unconscious.
Cleveland attempted to strike the inmate again, but deputies intervened, a struggle ensued, and the two deputies and Cleveland all fell to the ground.
During the fall, Deputy Steven Pitts struck his head on a toilet inside the cell.
Additional deputies arrived to assist and immediately restrained Cleveland.
Deputy Pitts and the inmate Cleveland struck were both transported to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment.
Deputy Pitts was treated for a severe laceration to the head requiring several stitches and staples, and he was subsequently released. The inmate was treated and released back into jail custody.
Cleveland was charged with two counts of second degree battery in Sunday's incident. He was also charged with battery of a police officer on Saturday, March 22, after punching a deputy in the face and attempting to strangle him while he was being escorted from a shower facility.