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Officers assaulted at Mecklenburg County jail, 1 stabbed

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Three officers at the Mecklenburg County jail were assaulted by an inmate who they were trying to move to a disciplinary unit away from the general population, the sheriff's office said.

The three officers were attempting to move 39-year-old inmate Eric Henderson to the detention unit at the Mecklenburg County jail on Tuesday, The Charlotte Observer reported. Henderson refused to heed the officers' commands and stabbed one of them with “homemade weapons,” the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said.

The wounded officer was treated by the jail's medical’s staff before he was taken to a hospital before he was released, according to the sheriff’s office, which added that the other two officers sustained non-life-threatening and minor injuries.

Henderson is being charged with possession of weapon by a prisoner, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflicting serious injury and assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement, probation, parole officer or on a person employed at a state or local detention facility, according to the sheriff’s office.

Henderson has faced a number of felony cases, and in 2020 was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting a public officer and felony assault, authorities said.

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