A Gore man is facing a felony charge of battery/assault and battery on police officer after he reportedly struck a detention officer in the head while detained in the Sequoyah County Detention Center.
Dylon Garrison, 28, was charged Oct. 11 in Sequoyah County District Court and if found guilty, could face a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, according to District Attorney Jack Thorp.
Sequoyah County Sheriff‚s deputy Austin Blackfox reported he was dispatched to the facility on the evening of Oct. 7 in reference to a detention officer being assaulted.
The officer said she‚d been hit in the back of the head twice by Garrison, who was an inmate in the facility. She claimed while trying to place Garrison in handcuffs, he reportedly swung his arm and hit her in the head.
According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, the jail tower notified jail personnel that Garrison was becoming irate. Garrison reportedly said he needed to go to the hospital and then muttered some random things. When the officer asked him if he wanted to take a walk, he said he did and agreed to be handcuffed.
When the officer reached for Garrison‚s right hand and got the handcuff on, Garrison allegedly began pulling at it and swinging his arm, causing the officer‚s hand to come off the handcuff. As Garrison swung his arm backwards, the handcuff reportedly struck another inmate in the forehead.
The detention officer said when she ducked down, Garrison swung at her and struck her in the back of the head with the handcuffs twice. She said she ran out of the cell to gain her composure and then went back in and handcuffed Garrison, walking him out of the cell. A supervisor then took Garrison and walked him to the booking area.
Blackfox reviewed video footage which showed the entire incident unfolding as reported, and the detention officer sought medical treatment where she was diagnosed with a concussion.
Garrison is set to appear before Associate District Judge Kyle Waters for a felony disposition docket on Jan. 25, 2023.