IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Three inmates have been charged and four detention officers were injured following a disturbance at the Iredell County Detention Center Tuesday night.
The incident started around 7:45 p.m. as inmates were being allowed to visit with family and friends.
While escorting an inmate back to their housing pod, Martevis Simpson reportedly became aggressive with a detention officer. As the officer was removing Simpson's handcuffs, he attacked the officer striking him with the handcuffs, injuring him, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
Officers were able to get Simpson under control and place him back into handcuffs, they said.
At this point, other inmates began reacting. ICSO said even after being restrained in handcuffs, Simpson continued to cause a problem. Other detention officers responded to other inmates who were hitting the glass on the door and causing other disturbances.
Detention officers entered the Housing Pod and took inmate Shyheim Millspas, who was reportedly one of the agitators. He became loud and aggressive, and had made a make-shift mask in an attempt to shield himself from pepper spray, ICSO said. When a detention officer approached Millsaps, he refused to obey orders and attacked the officer.
While multiple officers were trying to subdue Millhaps, a third inmate Rock Chambers assaulted one of the officers, striking him from behind. More officers responded and both inmates were paced in handcuffs.
Officers said they used 'chemical munitions' to gain control of the Housing Pod, which by this time had almost every inmate off their bunks moving, yelling and some still causing a disturbance.
ICSO said Millhaps was transported by Iredell County EMS to be treated in part for exposure to pepper spray. They said it's unclear if Millsaps and Chambers were working together trying to start a riot or each man acted alone.
"The combined effort of all law enforcement and the quick response by detention officers who initially separated the agitators from the other inmates helped keep a very dangerous and volatile situation under control," ICSO said.
This investigation remains open and ongoing. More charges are expected, ICSO said.