Five inmates at the Yakima County jail are accused of attacking two corrections officers and shooting an officer’s stun gun at other officers during the Thursday melee.
A Yakima County Department of Corrections officer was doing a head count in the fourth-floor pod around 7:20 p.m. when two inmates refused to allow him into their room, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed by county sheriff’s detectives. One of the inmates, identified as a 27-year-old Sunnyside man, punched the officer, causing him to stumble back into the pod’s day room, where the inmates from the cell and three others attacked him, the affidavit said.
During the fight, the officer’s Taser fell out of its holster, the affidavit said. Another officer entered the unit and was attacked by two inmates, the affidavit said.
One of the inmates picked up the Taser, the affidavit said, and fired it at officers responding to the fight, but none were hit by the weapon’s probes, the affidavit said. Officers managed to subdue the men. The officers who were attacked were not seriously injured, the affidavit said.
The Sunnyside man and four others — a 22-year-old Yakima man, a 21-year-old Yakima man, a 33-year-old transient and 19-year-old Yakima man — are being held on suspicion of custodial assault and disarming a law-enforcement officer. They are expected to make a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court Friday afternoon.