Inmate Accused of Attacking Deputy Faces New Charge

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The inmate accused of attacking a Madison County detention deputy now faces a new charge. A jail official confirms Tray Chaney, 20, is charged with assault on an officer. “They’ll take every opportunity they can to attack or destruct property,” Lt. Harold Petty said, assistant administrator at the Madison County Jail. “It’s a very difficult job. We have a lot of officers here that have been here a long time that risk their lives day in and day out dealing with inmates just like Mr. Chaney.” On Tuesday investigators say Chaney attacked a deputy as he went to move a mop bucket from one cell to the other. “It’s not a common occurrence where it’s one on one,” Petty said. “Usually there’s two officers in there when we open that door.” Deputies cannot carry weapons inside the jail. All they get is pepper spray. Petty says Tuesday‘s incident is still under investigation. Deputies moved Chaney to solitary confinement following the alleged attack. “There’s a lot of inmates just like Mr. Chaney who is here for first degree murder that’s got nothing to lose,” Petty said. Investigators say the deputy involved was treated and released from a local hospital. Chaney already faces six charges, including first degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of his girlfriend, Daphne Kenner. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning on the new assault charge.

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