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Press Release – GARLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT (Deputy John Schroeder)
On Sunday 06/19/2016 at approximately 1532 hours Garland County Detention Deputy Lee Coatney was attacked by Garland County inmate Joshua Boyette (D.O.B. 01/20/1984).
Deputy Coatney was attempting to lock down his housing unit, Inmate Boyette refused to follow orders and enter his cell as instructed. Deputy Coatney called for backup as he approached the inmate who continued his non-compliance. O.C. foam spray was deployed towards Boyette, at which point he attacked the deputy. Backup deputies arrived within one minute at which point Boyette surrendered. Deputy Coatney was transported to St. Vincent’s ER to be treated for the injuries and was later released.
Inmate Boyette was charged with 5-13-202 Battery in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, by Investigator Brandon Huckaba at the Garland County Detention Center.
Garland County Sheriff McCormick stated “I want to assure the citizens of Garland County that this type of behavior towards our deputies will not be tolerated, the safety and well-being of our staff is paramount.