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Bringing inmates to court can be risky
Sheriff says deputies shot in Manchester a reminder
Timothy Gay darted from this van transporting him to Warren County Courthouse and escaped for about an hour on July 22, 2014.
The shooting of two deputies by an inmate inside Coffee County Courthouse in neighboring Manchester is serving as a reminder to local officers that a situation can arise in the blink of an eye.“There are some days where we will transport upwards of 70 inmates to circuit court,” said Sheriff Jackie Matheny of the large numbers of inmates, ranging from drunk drivers to murderers, who are escorted to and from the courthouse. “There’s always a risk when you are transporting inmates from the jail to the courthouse and back.”Matheny said he spoke to the Coffee County sheriff shortly after the incident and offered any help needed. Matheny said it appears the inmate, Michael Bell, overpowered the single guard who was trying to bring him down from a holding cell on the third floor.