Ind. inmate sprays bleach into CO's eyes, authorities say

An inmate is accused of spraying bleach solution in a CO's eyes as the officer investigated a sound


Sarah Reese
The Times, Munster, Ind.

CROWN POINT, Ind. — A man being held on a murder charge at the Lake County Jail is accused of spraying a bleach solution in a correctional officer's eyes as the officer investigated a sound.

Christopher M. Godines, 31, was charged Thursday with two counts of battery on a public safety official.

Godines was being held on murder and attempted murder charges alleging he killed 20-year-old Jonathon Farries, of Gary, and wounded Farries' friend in a shooting June 24, 2015, outside Murphy's House of Pain in Gary's Miller section.

The corrections officer was walking the floor Jan. 5 when he heard what sounded like aerosal spray, followed the noise and saw Godines "tampering with something," Lake Criminal Court records say.

The officer asked Godines what he had, and Godines replied, "You want to see what I (expletive) have, well this is what I (expletive) got," court records allege.

The officer immediately left the area and radioed for help, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The officer's shirt faded where it was sprayed. The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment, records say.

Police removed Godines from his cell and found a saline nasal spray bottle filled with a chemical suspected to be diluted bleach, records say.

Bleach is provided to other inmates for cleaning and sanitizing their sections and shower areas, records say. Nasal spray is available to inmates at commissary, sheriff's spokesman Emiliano Perez said.

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