Inmate attempts escape in Greeley

10 Dec

A jail inmate taken to a hospital to be treated for self-inflicted wounds assaulted a deputy and two nurses with a towel rack he ripped off of a bathroom wall.

Gregory Trammell, 49, used a towel rack as a weapon, swinging it like a baseball bat, striking his victims in the head, according to a media release from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

Trammell, an inmate at the Weld County Jail, was taken to the hospital to be be treated for “self inflicted cuts to his forearms,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputy Mark Mellon allowed Trammell to use a bathroom at the hospital to change from his orange jail suit into a hospital gown when Trammell attempted to overpower the deputy using the improvised weapon.

Trammell slugged Mellon in the head and also bit the deputy in the arm as they struggled, the sheriff’s office said.

The inmate tried to snag Mellon’s gun but the deputy was able to hold him off. During the struggle Trammell continued swinging the rack and he hit two nurses in the head, the release said.

One nurse suffered a “severe laceration” and the other nurse a “large knot,” the sheriff’s office said.

Trammell, who was in custody on 19 drug counts, will now likely face additional counts including attempted escape, assault on a peace officer, and two counts of second degree assault.

Mellon and the nurses are recovering from their injuries.

from The Denver Post.

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One Response to “Inmate attempts escape in Greeley”

  1. Alpha 12th Dec 2009 at 12:56 am #

    Not sure why he felt he had to hit the nurses. But, who knows what the circumstances were. Regardless, this violence could have easily been avoided. Abolish all drug laws.

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