Maine jail guard suffers concussion in skirmish with inmate

Posted Feb. 15, 2012, at 11:21 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 15, 2012, at 1:06 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A sergeant was injured in a skirmish at the York County Jail Tuesday night in the wake of an inmate refusing to return to his cell, police said Wednesday.

The inmate, whom York County Major William King refused to identify because he was not charged with any crime, allegedly struggled with officers when they tried to get him back to his cell.

The corrections officer in the man’s unit radioed for assistance, King said, and Sgt. Jill Brooks and another officer subsequently responded.

During the ensuing struggle, the inmate and Brooks fell to the ground and Brooks hit her head, losing consciousness momentarily.

The inmate eventually cooperated and returned to his cell, and was uninjured in the scuffle. Brooks was taken to Goodall Hospital in Sanford, where she was treated and released.

The jail was locked down for precautionary reasons, King said. The inmate is behind bars on charges of possession of a weapon by a felon.

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