MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - Two officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries during an altercation with an inmate who was trying to escape the Muskegon County Jail.
"It could have been a very bad situation. We could have had a couple of deputies end up dead. The inmate did not escape, so those are all good things," Muskegon County Undersheriff Daniel Stout said.
It happened around 3:45 p.m. Thursday near a second-floor housing unit, according to a release from the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department.
Inmate Terry Wesley Raap assaulted several deputies with weapons he had made and a brick he had gotten his hands on.
"He somehow got a brick and he had it hidden and he hit one of the deputies twice in the head with the brick and then he had ... a couple of homemade shanks, knives that he made out of plexiglass," said Stout.
The sheriff's department said it is investigating how Raap got the weapons.
"We are looking into that investigation now -- how he got them and and where he stored them," said Stout.
Stout said Raap was taken out of his cell to see a visitor, but that visitor never showed up. Corrections officers then escorted him back to his cell. As they were unshackling him, he attacked.
He made stabbing motions at them, Stout said, eventually knocking them to the ground. He took off, but he didn't have anywhere to go. He ended up running back toward the deputies. This time, they took him down.
The two corrections officers -- a 25-year and a 19-year veteran -- required medical treatment as a result of the altercation. One was injured with a blunt object. Another officer's head was slammed into the ground.
Their injuries are not considered life-threatening. One was listed in stable condition Thursday evening. The other had already been released from the hospital.
The sheriff's department said the attack was "without warning and without provocation."
Stout said his men preformed exceptionally well in the face of extreme danger.
"The Sheriff is proud of them. I am proud of them. The community should be proud of them to keep this felon behind bars," he said.
Raap, 26, is in the jail on charges of operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab, for which he is awaiting trial.
He has previous felony convictions in 2005 for assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer and in 2007 for second-degree criminal sexual conduct committed during a felony.
Raap was on parole when he was arrested in October 2012 on the meth charge.
The altercation is under investigation.
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