UPDATE | Pikeville jail guard charged with second degree assault

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) -- UPDATE 7/11/2019 @ 6:06 a.m.
A jail guard in Pikeville has been charged with second-degree assault.

An incident at the Pike County Detention Center in Kentucky results in an employee being suspended.

Early in the morning on July 5, Michael Holland allegedly verbally and physically assaulted Shannon Hay while escorting him to isolation.

The investigation only took a couple of days.

"The jail acted quickly, swiftly, and efficiently and that's the reason in two or three days we wrapped up an investigation and took it before a grand jury, so it was super transparent for us," said Pikeville Police Chief Chris Edmonds.

Jailer Brian Morris took swift action after he heard of the alleged assault.

"Our staff immediately started an investigation to where the officer in question was suspended," said Morris. "When I seen obsessive force taken I immediately contacted the Pikeville City Police Department and they started their investigation."

Holland was terminated immediately.

Morris wants to assure people this is not a representation of the jail.

"The actions taken by the correction officer is by no means in the Pike County Detention Center policy and procedures nor will it be tolerated," said Morris.

He and the staff are taking steps to prevent it from happening again in the future.

"Since this incidence occurred, we've had staff meetings showing videos on specific ways to handle deescalating of inmates," said Morris.

The grand jury saw the evidence Wednesday and charged Holland with second-degree assault.

"We'll be doing the rest of the investigations as the court proceedings go through," said Edmonds.

This is still an active investigation. The charges could potentially be upgraded.

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A guard at the Pike County Detention Center in Kentucky was suspended following an alleged incident with an inmate.

The incident took place last week. Jailer Brian Morris said once he heard about the issue, he contacted the Pikeville Police Department to begin an investigation.

Morris said PPD is currently investigating and he expects the case to be "quick and swift." The details of the incident and the names of both parties have not yet been released. Morris released a statement Monday regarding the ongoing investigation.

Morris said once the investigation is complete, the department will react accordingly.

His full statement is below:

"It was brought to my attention that an alleged incident occurred at the Pike County detention center last week between and a guard and an inmate. I immediately opened an investigation with the Pikeville Police Department and suspended the guard in question until the investigation is complete. Once the investigation is complete, any action that is necessary to be taken will be taken immediately.

At the Pike County Detention Center, it is our goal to treat every inmate with respect and make sure their safety is of utmost importance. Our guards are trained to handle every situation and have resources to ensure that issues are not escalated.

I anticipate the investigation to be performed swiftly and any findings will be revealed at that time. Again, any further action will be taken as necessary by me to continue to ensure the safety and well-being of every inmate."

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