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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
October 2, 2000
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

ASSAULT ADVISORY
Inmate Attacks Correctional Officer
at Columbia CI

LAKE CITY - An inmate attacked a correctional officer at Columbia Correctional Institution Friday morning.

Inmate James Doby (DC# 361815/DOB: 1-6-70) head-butted Lt. David Garland Friday at approximately 9:30 am, breaking the officer's nose.

The attack occurred in Garland's office during a counseling session with Doby over inappropriate letters the inmate had sent to female prison staff. Doby, who was handcuffed and in leg irons, started acting faint and slumped backward in his chair. When Lt. Garland moved toward the inmate to determine if he needed help, Doby head-butted the officer in the nose, exclaiming: "I got you now, you son-of-a-b----."

Lt. Garland was temporarily blinded as a result of the attack but managed to administer a burst of pepper spray in the inmate's direction. Garland then tried to move Doby out of his office and into the corridor, but the inmate fell and started kicking the officer. Additional staff arrived and the inmate was subdued.

The inmate was examined by prison medical staff and was found to have a minor scratch. He remains in administrative confinement at Columbia CI. Lt. Garland was treated at the prison infirmary and at Lake Shore Hospital in Lake City for a broken nose. He returned to work Saturday.

The Department of Corrections will recommend to the State Attorney's Office that inmate Doby be charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. Doby is serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in Polk County. Additional information on the inmate and a profile of Columbia CI can be found on our website at www.dc.state.fl.us.

Assault Advisory is issued by the Department of Corrections whenever a correctional officer or probation officer is attacked in the line of duty.