Cumberland County Jail inmate charged with assaulting officer

Posted June 13, 2013, at 9:27 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Cumberland County Jail inmate has been charged in the wake of a fight that occurred at the facility last month.

A jail official said Mohamed Abdi, 23, will be charged with assaulting an officer.

On May 30, several jail officers responded to a fight in progress, and while breaking up the fight, Officer Tyrone Leslie was punched in the mouth by Abdi.

The fight started between two inmates over a magazine, and quickly escalated to involve eight to 10 inmates.

A quick response from corrections officers prevented the incident from getting out of control.

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