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NEW ORLEANS-- The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a Friday evening incident where three Orleans Parish deputies were injured by an inmate resisting constraint and eventually swinging a shank at the deputies.

The sheriff's office said three deputies were injured while trying to handcuff inmate Reginald Pye, 23-years-old, after he was jumping on tables at the Conchetta jail facility.

Deputies said around 8 p.m., Pye stood on a table with an open Bible in his hands. After being ordered down by a deputy, Pye refused the order and started jumping from table to table. Back-up deputies arrived and took down Pye before he hurt himself.

The sheriff's office said that as the deputies were restraining Pye, he grabbed a shank from underneath his Bible and began swinging the shank, hitting two of the deputies. Pye was finally handcuffed with the help of a third deputy.

All three deputies were transported to the hospital and were treated for bites to the hand and cuts to the arms, according to the sheriff's office. They have since been released.

Deputies said Pye was also taken to the hospital and he is being held for a mental evaluation. Pye is now charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated battery on a correctional officer.

Pye was originally in parish jail on one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated second-degree battery and one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles.

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