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Federal inmate breaks CO’s nose

Posted by on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 @ 12:15 pm.

White County Jail in Carmi 

WHITE CO., Ill. - Being a Correctional Officer is never a cushy job...and most COs will attest that it can be downright dangerous at times.

Such was the case for a White County CO early Saturday morning, whose scuffle with a federal detainee over a breakfast burrito got him a broken nose.

White County Sheriff's reports indicate that the situation emerged Saturday morning, June 1, when at approximately 6 a.m., it was reported to Sheriff Doug Maier that CO Jon Smock had been struck in the face by federal inmate Cameron King.

Sgt. Byrd Huber went to the jail to speak with Smock and another CO about the incident. Smock advised that they were getting breakfast to cell 1 when the incident occurred; he'd handed King a bowl of cereal and had turned to get a breakfast burrito from the meal tray to add to King's breakfast. When Smock turned back toward the cell, King struck Smock in the face with his fist. Smock stated that he immediately closed the cell door, and the other CO, Destiny Howell, asked dispatch to send Carmi officers for assistance.

Carmi Officers Drew Grider and Josh Moore arrived, went back to cell 1, and advised that at that point, King came to the door and turned around to be handcuffed and removed from the cell.

King was taken up front and placed in the isolation cell, and White County EMS was called to check on Smock; they advised that they didn't feel Smock needed any emergency treatment.

However, while Huber was talking to Smock, he could tell that Smock's upper lip was swelling, so Huber decided to take Smock to Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. There, it was determined that Smock had a broken nose, something that Smock had been advising all along, as he was having difficulty breathing through his nose.

At 3 p.m., Huber contacted the jail and had them put King back in his cell as long as he was giving no further problems. It was determined that he wasn't, so he was placed back in cell 1.

There's been no update on Smock's condition, and no word on whether state charges will be added to King's list of infractions of the law. If this comes in, we'll update in a separate post; be watching.

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