Video: Inmate attacks deputy at Fla. jail

The inmate punches the deputy's face, chest and back before being restrained


Tiffini Theisen
Orlando Sentinel

TAMPA, Fla. — An inmate attacked a deputy Tuesday morning at the Hillsborough County jail after the officer pushed him away from a door he tried to walk through, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

Michler Gabriel, 38, faces felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and battery by a detained person.

Surveillance video the sheriff’s office released Wednesday morning shows the deputy walking Gabriel, clad in an orange jail garb, to a door at the Orient Road facility.

As the officer opens the door, the inmate quickly tries to walk through and the officer pushes him back.

The inmate immediately punches the deputy’s face with both fists, then beats him on the chest and back, the video shows.

Within 5 seconds of the beginning of the attack, another detention deputy reaches Gabriel to help subdue and restrain him, the video shows.

 
Inmate charged with battering deputy at Orient Road Jail

A detention deputy was attacked by inmate Michler Gabriel, 38, on Tuesday morning, January 21. Gabriel refused to back away from the pod door at Orient Road Jail as the deputy was opening it. When the deputy tried to stop him, Gabriel struck the deputy multiple times in the face. On top of his prior charges for driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, armed trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm, Gabriel is now facing felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and battery by a detained person. "𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐞𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐨 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐫 𝐆𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐬. 𝐈 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚 𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲. 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐭, 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐆𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐥 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬." - Sheriff Chad Chronister

Posted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Gabriel was previously arrested on charges for driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, armed trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm.

"This is a prime example of the dangerous environment deputies willingly go into everday in order to keep violent people like Michler Gabriel off of our streets. I will not tolerate anyone who would have such a lack of respect for another human being, especially for someone who selflessly serves the citizens of Hillsborough County. while I am thankful that the deputy involved was seriously hurt, we will make sure that Gabriel is prosecuted to the fullest extent for his actions," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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