Just before 11 p.m., June 16, Derek Rogers, an inmate at the Chatham County Detention Center, attacked the officer assigned to watch over him.
The officer was working in one of the housing units when Rogers "began telling him the phones weren't working," a police spokesman says. The officer attempted to try and get to the bottom of the situation by asking the inmate what was going on.
"Agitation turned to aggression when Rogers crossed over on to the platform that serves as the officer's work station and physically assaulted the officer," the spokesman says. The officer gave the inmate several directives to stand down but he refused. The officer was immediately assisted by other nearby officers, and later was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Inmate Rodgers has been charged with felony obstruction of an officer with harm/injury. His original charges, from Port Wentworth, were all for misdemeanors.
• A 16-year-old suspect has been charged with armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and other offenses after the stolen car he was driving collided with two police cars.
The juvenile has been charged with robbing the owner of the car on the 200 block of West Oglethorpe Avenue after holding a box cutter to his face. A cell phone stolen during the robbery was recovered after the crash. Two other males in the car at the time, age 17 and 18, were questioned and released.
The three males were taken into custody after the car they were in collided with a Georgia State Patrol car on Interstate 516. The 2013 Nissan Altima then sideswiped a police car.
The Altima was taken Tuesday in the robbery of a 28-year-old man in front of his apartment about 11 p.m.. The owner said he was sitting in the car when a man placed a box cutter to his face, ordered him out of the vehicle and drove away in it.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the collision. Metro detectives continue to investigate the robbery and collision.
Undercover officers from the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) identified the car traveling on 37th Street and alerted a Metro officer who attempted a traffic stop on Interstate 16 just before 1 p.m.
The car sped away and the Metro officer discontinued the pursuit, but a state trooper in the area interceded. He attempted to corral the Altima on a bridge on I-516, but it struck his car and then sideswiped the Metro car.
Damage to each police car was slight but the Altima received heavier damage and had to be towed away. It had been purchased a week ago and still bore a paper tag.
• Police have charged a 22-year-old suspect with murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the shooting of three people that led to the death of one victim May 16.
Mark Allen Adkins was charged in death of Frederick Early and shooting of two women at Eagle and Richard streets in west Savannah.
Officers responded to the shooting at 12:46 p.m. to find the victims outside with gunshot wounds.
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