CHARLESTON, S.C. — Officials are investigating how an inmate managed to assault Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine parishioners in what police said was a racially-motivated shooting at a Charleston church.
Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon told reporters Thursday it happened when a black inmate in a high-security unit managed to get through a cell door to reach Roof.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office report said the 21-year-old was in the shower when he was beaten around 7:45 a.m. Thursday at the Charleston County jail.
Deputies say 26-year-old Dwayne Stafford hit Roof in the head and body with his hands, leaving Roof with bruises. Authorities say Roof was examined by medical personnel and sent back to his cell.
Stafford is in jail awaiting trial on charges of first-degree assault and strong arm robbery.
Cannon says Roof and his attorneys don’t want to press charges. The two detention officers assigned to the unit are being interviewed. Officials also are looking into the possibility of an electronic malfunction.
Cannon says this was the first incident with Roof since he was jailed last June.