EUREKA – Humboldt County Jail nurses and a Correctional Deputy are hurt following an assault by an inmate.
This is the second assault by an inmate at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility since just over a week ago on August 11th.
42-year-old Taume DeMarco was booked into the jail on the 9th for assault with a deadly weapon and was being housed in a maximum security cell.
Saturday evening at 8:35, nurses were giving DeMarco his medication when he struck one of them.
A Correctional Deputy stepped in and pulled DeMarco away, but when she tried to call for backup, DeMarco hit her in the face and then pinned her arms down so she couldn’t reach her radio.
The Deputy broke free and pushed DeMarco to the ground while the other nurse called for backup.
Instead of staying on the ground as the Deputy instructed, DeMarco got back up and attacked the second nurse, striking her in the face.
The Deputy then tazed DeMarco while the nurses got away.
Backup then arrived and handcuffed DeMarco, taking him to a holding cell in the processing area.
All parties involved received medical attention for injuries.
Demarco has since been charged with felony assault, felony battery and felony battery with injury on a custodial officer, misdemeanor battery on an EMT, and two counts of misdemeanor assault on emergency personnel.
His bail is set at $25,000.
The case has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s office.