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An inmate attacks a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy with a knife

Authorities announced Friday that an inmate at the San Bernardino County Jail tried to stab another inmate and a sheriff’s deputy with a knife he made at the jail.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department, on Tuesday at approximately 2:45 p.m., Christopher Lommie Jackson attempted to stab a 28-year-old inmate with a jail-made metal knife at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

The sheriff’s office said that after officers arrived at the men’s cell, Jackson allegedly tried to stab the 45-year-old deputy and knock him to the floor. Other deputies intervened to stop the attack.

Video footage provided by the Sheriff’s Office shows a man identified as Jackson charging at a deputy with a knife in his hand, dragging him to the ground, and then they got into a fight until they were separated by other deputies.

Authorities said the deputy, whose identity was not released, was hospitalized for moderate facial injuries and later released. It is unclear whether the second inmate was injured in the alleged attack.

Jackson, a 25-year-old San Bernardino resident, has been in custody since 2019 after accepting a plea deal in connection with a murder case, court records show. He was sentenced to 50 years and life imprisonment. Officials said Jackson will be charged with attempted murder in response to the alleged attack.

“Such aggressive behavior poses a serious threat to the safety of our staff and inmate population,” San Bernardino Sheriff Shannon Dicus said in a statement.