Inmate intervenes in attack on officer

2014-05-24T18:16:00Z 2014-05-27T15:08:31Z Inmate intervenes in attack on officerBy VINCE DEVLIN Missoulian The Billings Gazette
May 24, 2014 6:16 pm  • 

PABLO — An inmate at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Detention Center here is being hailed as a hero for stopping an alleged assault on a tribal detention officer by another prisoner Thursday.

Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin said 42-year-old Eugene M. Seyler of Pablo has been charged with aggravated assault and assault on a peace officer, both felonies.

The detention officer suffered “significant injuries” in the fight, which was captured on security cameras in the jail. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The intervening inmate, whose name was also not released, “got control of Seyler and alerted authorities at the facility,” according to Yonkin. Yonkin said the man probably prevented the officer from suffering even more serious injuries.

Seyler had been jailed on a public nuisance charge earlier Thursday. The alleged attack occurred at about 12:45 p.m.

Seyler is now in the Lake County Detention Center in Polson, where he is being held on $150,000 bail.

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