Inmates at a west Florida jail rescued a corrections officer who was being choked and beaten Monday by another inmate, a surveillance video showed.
The assaulting inmate, 24-year-old Douglas Burden, incarcerated on various drug charges, rushed into the security station at the Hillsborough County facility near Tampa and attacked Deputy Kenneth Moon without warning, the video shows. He had the officer in a choke hold and appeared to be tightening his grip when several other prisoners poured into the area and peeled him from the guard. Another inmate radioed for backup to assist Moon, 64, as the others held Burden down until additional officers arrived.
"The response of the inmates in this case, I think, speaks volumes as to the fact that we treat these men and women ... in our facilities with a lot of respect," Col. James Previtera, commander of Hillsborough County's Department of Detention Services told reporters, noting that they saved Moon’s life.
Previtera said that Burden was moved to administrative confinement after the attack and that Moon was not seriously hurt.