MCSO: Inmate assault leads to jail lockdown

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Veikoso Moala as shown in a Multnomah County jail booking photo provided Oct. 3, 2013, by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Multnomah County jail in Portland went into lock down Thursday afternoon following a reported assault.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Alexander initially told KOIN 6 News a staff member was assaulted. The sheriff’s office followed with a news release with further details.

It reported that around 1:40 p.m. a 28-year-old inmate “suddenly attacked two deputies as he was being let out of his cell for a scheduled walk period.” This was in a housing unit at the Multnomah County Detention Center, according to the sheriff’s office news release.

The inmate, identified as Veikoso Moala, reportedly rushed the door as the jail deputy opened it, slamming the door into the deputy and knocking the deputy into a corner wall. The keys remained in the door lock, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy was injured, according to the release.

A sergeant in the housing unit ordered the inmate back into his cell and called for backup.

“Inmate Moala pulled the jail keyset out and threw them at the sergeant — who suffered a hand injury blocking the thrown keys,” the sheriff’s office reported. “The sergeant deployed his Taser on Inmate Moala and other deputies arrived and secured [the] inmate.”

The jail deputy was taken by ambulance to the hospital with a reported back injury. The sergeant reportedly was treated for a puncture wound to his hand from blocking the thrown keys.

Law enforcement deputies were notified and responded to conduct an investigation.

The Multnomah County Detention Center was locked down until 4:45 p.m. while the investigation was being conducted. Normal operations resumed at 4:45 p.m.

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