LAURINBURG — A routine booking of an inmate on Friday became a violent altercation, authorities say, resulting in the injury of several Scotland County Sheriff’s deputies and hospitalization of one.
Sheriff’s Deputy Lee Davis was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital by ambulance and later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Monday with severe injuries to his left eye, according to Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones. As of Tuesday afternoon, Davis had been discharged, but Jones said his injuries required surgery.
According to Sheriff’s Investigator Gyivan Jackson, Davis was struck with a steel container by 32-year-old inmate Shawnte McMillan, of 303 Adreinna Road in Maxton, during a struggle that led into a jail closet.
McMillan is now being held under a bond of more than $1 million for three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and resisting a public officer. He was originally being booked for outstanding warrants in Robeson County, Jones said, including larceny, two counts of driving while license revoked, second degree trespassing and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer.
According to sheriff’s reports, McMillan became unruly when Sheriff’s Deputy D. McClellan removed McMillan’s handcuffs and ordered him to change into a jail uniform. When McMillan repeatedly refused to follow orders McClellan stunned McMillan with his Taser, at which point McMillan tried to grab the weapon and McClellan, with the help of Davis, tried to physically retrain McMillan.
The scuffle between the three moved to the jail’s personal property closet, where inmates’ belongings are kept, when McMillan hit Davis in the eye with a steel storage basket.
“I called EMS for Officer Davis because he came out the property room holding his eye and blood was pouring down his face,” Detention Officer D. Baker wrote in a statement.
McMillan then “barricaded himself” in the closet, said Jones, where he remained for hours until officers could force their way in.
“Once he assaulted the officer he barricaded himself in the personal property closet in the booking room and we had to force our way into that room to arrest the suspect,” Sheriff Shep Jones said.
Several deputies suffered injuries, according to a sheriff’s report, but they were listed as minor.