Accused Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof was attacked by a fellow inmate at the detention center where he is being held.
The 22-year-old white man, who was charged in the massacre of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church last year, was assaulted Thursday by a black inmate in the showers, CBS News reported.
Dwayne Stafford, 26, allegedly ran down the stairs from his cell at Cannon Detention Center in South Carolina after Roof went into the shower at 7.45 a.m. Stafford reportedly hit Roof, bruising his face and back, according to a police report.
Roof was returned to his cell after being examined by jail medical personnel, Charleston County Sheriff’s Major Eric Watson told reporters.
Stafford, who is awaiting trial on first-degree assault and strong armed robbery charges, was to be charged with third-degree assault, authorities said. But Roof and his attorneys did not want to press charges, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said at a press conference, CBS reported.
Officials were looking into a possible electronic malfunction as they began an investigation of how Stafford got through a cell door, which was supposed to be locked. They were also interviewing the two detention officers assigned to the unit, Cannon said.
The sheriff also noted that this was the jail’s first incident with Roof, who has been at the Detention Center since being brought back from North Carolina a day after the June 17, 2015, massacre at Emanuel AME Church of nine parishioners during a Bible study.
Roof faces the death penalty in upcoming trials in both federal and state courts.
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