Inmates assist detention officer

Pictured from left, inmates Jonathan Potter, Colby Flynn and Gustavo Rojas assisted in subduing fellow offender Daniel Bledsoe during an assault of an Avery detention officer at Avery County Jail on March 4, according to a release from Avery County Sheriff’s Office.

NEWLAND — A trio of inmates at Avery County Jail assisted in the subduing of a fellow inmate attempting to assault a detention officer, according to a March 24 press release from Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye.

On March 4, 2021, three inmates quickly came to the aid of an Avery County detention officer when another inmate attacked the officer in the main cell block of the Avery County Jail, according to the release.

Inmate Daniel Bledsoe attacked an Avery detention officer, knocking him to the ground, and began trying to choke the detention officer.

“Quickly and without hesitation, three inmates, Jonathan Potter, Colby Flynn and Gustavo Rojas, came to the aid of the detention officer and assisted with other detention officers in getting Bledsoe back under control,” the release stated.

Bledsoe has been charged with this assault, and has a previous assault charge pending against another detention officer.

“I want to personally thank each of these inmates for coming to the aid of the detention officer. We treat every inmate with respect, if they will allow, and I believe because of our mostly positive interactions with inmates, they have respect for us also,” Frye stated.

“We are going to treat these three inmates to a special meal, they chose pizza, as a gesture of gratitude for helping the detention officer,” stated Chief Jailer Tracey Buchanan.

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