Multiple Deputies Attacked in Two Separate Incidents

February 22, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM EDT

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Multiple Deputies Attacked in Two Separate Incidents

February 22, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM EDT

Multiple Deputies were attacked in two separate incidents within 12 hours of each other at the Erie County Holding Center.

The first attack happened Thursday night around 11 p.m. on the "Alpha Short" housing unity.

22-year-old inmate Lakita Hawkins of Buffalo was not getting along with other inmates and was causing problems. She was reassigned to another housing unit to avoid any further incidents.

Two deputies were in the process of escorting Hawkins to her new housing unit when she suddenly dropped her property and attacked one of the deputies from behind, pummeling that deputy about the head, face, and upper back.

The other escort deputy attempted to stop Hawkins' attack but couldn't control her.

An "officer down" emergency call was sent out and additional deputies responded to the unit. Hawkins was finally able to be restrained.

Both injured deputies were taken to ECMC with head, neck, and back injuries. They were treated and release. Their names are not being released for security and safety reasons.

The second attack occurred around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning on the "Charlie Short" housing unit. 20-year-old inmate Devan Hunley of Buffalo was being escorted back to his housing unit when he pushed a deputy from behind that was in the process of unlocking a secondary fire door.

The push caused the deputies head and face to slam into the metal fire door. The deputy activated his emergency body alarm and additional Deputies immediately responded.

Hunley engaged and fought with the responding deputies. He was restrained eventually after a brief struggle.

Two deputies involved were taken to ECMC with head, leg, and hand injuries. They're being treated currently and the extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

Charges will be filed against Hunley once the degree of the deputies' injuries is known.

Their names are not being released for safety and security reasons.