Mercer Co. inmate strikes guard
Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:00 AM
CELINA — An inmate in the Mercer County Jail attacked a corrections officer Thursday night in an altercation at the facility. James Russell Bricker, 36, who is already facing a fifth-degree felony count of drug abuse, and two misdemeanor counts of assault and obstructing official business, became unruly late Thursday afternoon, just hours after he had been in an altercation with another inmate. Bricker was placed in lockdown at that time.
James Russell Bricker (Photo courtesy of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office)
Bricker was allowed out of his cell for a brief period in order to eat a meal and to retrieve some items. He then refused to return to lockdown. After explaining the consequences of refusing to obey, deputies and corrections officers attempted to escort Bricker back to his cell. Again, Bricker resisted, this time striking Corrections Sgt. Jon Wolfe in the face with his open hand.
Bricker was then tased to bring him under control. Once he was under control, Bricker was placed in lockdown. At that point, Bricker continued to kick the door to the cell and yell for several minutes.
“A copy of the report is being forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney with a request for felony assault on a police officer charges,” stated Sheriff Grey, “This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the facility.”
There was no report of injuries to Wolfe.