A correctional officer at the Merced County Jail was injured by an inmate headed to court on a misdemeanor charge.
The female deputy sustained injuries to her wrist, shoulder and face, said Merced County Sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.
The deputy was in the process of handcuffing 35-year-old inmate, Abel Ambrocio of Palo Alto, for court when he punched her in the face.
MacKenzie said the attack was “without provocation or warning.”
A second correctional officer came to her aid and used his Taser on Ambrocio. The deputies were able to get the suspect shackled, MacKenzie said.
The second deputy suffered a slight injury to his hand during the altercation, MacKenzie said.
Ambrocio had been held at the Merced County Jail for about a month on an immigration hold. He was originally taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Ambrocio was in a cell by himself when the incident occurred.
Ambrocio faces new felony charges of battery on a correctional officer.
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