CHARLESTON, S.C. — Deputies say Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church, has been assaulted by a black inmate at the South Carolina jail where he is being held.
Charleston County Sheriff’s Maj. Eric Watson tells The Associated Press that the assault occurred outside Roof’s cell Thursday morning.
Watson says the other inmate used his hands, no other weapons, and that the 22-year-old Roof was examined by jail medical personnel and then returned to his cell. The other inmate faces assault charges.
Sheriff Al Cannon is holding an early afternoon news conference to discuss the assault.
Roof has been housed at the Charleston County Detention Center since being brought back from North Carolina a day after the June 17, 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church.