(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------After an inmate was discovered injured earlier this morning at the Oconee County Detention Center, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has requested an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
No Detention Officers were involved, according to Captain Jeremy Chapman of the Detention Center. Captain Chapman says that Detention Officers responded to a cell around 4:20am after being alerted by a call button. Upon arrival, the Officers discovered a male inmate who had sustained some injuries. After an examination, EMS was dispatched to the Detention Center around 4:30am and the inmate was transported to the hospital.
Initial reports indicate that the inmate may have fallen out of bed and suffered the injuries; however, SLED was requested to investigate to make sure that the inmate did not suffer the injuries due to an assault.
Out of health privacy and safety concerns, as well as an ongoing investigation by an outside agency, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any further information at this time, including any patient condition or the name of the inmate.
“As we have stated previously, even though none of our detention officers were involved in the incident, it is standard procedure to request an independent investigation from SLED on incidents of potential serious bodily injury involving inmates at our detention facility,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.