Inmate accused of attacking officer

jpawloski@theolympian.comNovember 28, 2013 

A corrections officer at the Thurston County Jail needed stitches to close a head wound he suffered early Wednesday morning after an inmate struck him in the head with a metal coffee cup, a sheriff’s detective said.

The inmate, Mark Thomas, 23, was in jail awaiting the disposition of a first-degree assault charge after he allegedly struck a Tumwater police officer in the head with a hammer in September. The officer was struck while he was responding to a call about a runaway at an apartment in the 300 block of T Street SW.

The Tumwater officer, later identified as Austin Cady, suffered “two significant lacerations” to his head and was hospitalized after his injuries, Tumwater Police Detective Jen Kolb said in September. Kolb confirmed Wednesday that Cady has not yet returned to duty.

The incident involving the corrections officer’s assault at the jail Wednesday morning started just after midnight, when the officer was attempting to move one of Thomas’ cellmates, Thurston County Sheriff’s detective Cameron Simper said.

The cellmate was involved in a verbal altercation, and the corrections officer was moving him when Thomas suddenly attacked the corrections officer, Simper said.

Thomas was re-arrested on suspicion of a third-degree assault charge after the alleged assault, Simper said. Simper said the male corrections deputy was taken to an area hospital where he received stitches to close a gash to his head, but he is not expected to miss any work because of the injury.

Thomas has a long criminal history that includes felony convictions for assault and for violating a no-contact order. Thomas was being held at the Thurston County Jail Wednesday with his bail set at $100,000.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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