Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Humboldt County Juvenile Hall detainee allegedly assaults two correctional officers

Humboldt County Juvenile Hall detainee allegedly assaults two correctional officers

Two correctional officers at Humboldt County Juvenile Hall were sent to the hospital after they were allegedly assaulted by a detainee on Sunday, with one still being treated for severe head injuries.

Corey Tyler Shannon-Johnson, 18, of McKinleyville was being held at the facility for undisclosed reasons, as it involves his juvenile record. At about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, the Eureka Police Department responded to juvenile hall to assist staff with a subject reported to be fighting with hall staff, according to the EPD.

The two corrections officers had reportedly opened Shannon-Johnson's cell because of “safety concerns,” according to the press release. Once the cell was open, Shannon-Johnson allegedly attacked them, gouging the eyes of one correctional officer and then knocking the other to the ground and kicking and stomping him in the face numerous times.

Both officers were transported to the hospital. One was treated and released for injuries to his eyes, and the second was flown to Santa Rosa where he is in an intensive care unit at an undisclosed hospital for treatment of severe head injuries.

Chief Probation Officer Bill Damiano said all the officers on duty during that shift have been given some time off “to gather themselves” before coming back after such an incident.

... According to the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, they have not received the incident report yet, but Shannon-Johnson will likely be arraigned on Wednesday.


Juvenile arraigned in Humboldt County court, charged with battery on correctional officers 8/05/10
Shannon-Johnson, 18, pleaded not guilty to two separate counts of felony battery on a pair of correctional officers. ...

The officers had reportedly opened Shannon-Johnson's cell because of “safety concerns,” according to a press release from the Eureka Police Department. Once the cell was open, Shannon-Johnson allegedly attacked them, gouging the eyes of one and then knocking the other to the ground and kicking and stomping him in the face numerous times....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read this article this morning, and all of the ensuing comments on the T-S website.

The posting/comment there of most value is the one that refers to our illustrious District Attorney, that wonders what he will do (if anything) on this matter.

Please remember his inaction on many crimes such as this one, the horrid accident on the 4th of July (Child Endangerment, anyone??)and so many other crimes that go uncharged or plead down because Paul Gallegos either does not know what he is supposed to do for a living or thinks of himself as a modern day savior of the less fortunate - by giving them all one more chance.

We need to support law enforcement on our front lines (yes, there is a war on)and elect someone with the brains, temerity and spinal cord to prosecute criminals, no matter what age they are. Period.

We, Humboldt County voters, need to get our County back on track - please remember this in November and vote for Allison Jackson.

Anonymous said...

i completely agree i personally was in during the incident and these so called "safety guards" go several incidents where they only tell their side. My incident went clearly without concern even tho i had a very horrible fracture. I personally have watched the correctional officer he went after the worst taunt him numerous times and treat him rediculous. Pure Karma is What this incideny is