2 inmates assault Sedgwick County detention deputies in separate incidents

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office released details on Thursday afternoon about two inmates who had assaulted other inmates and detention deputies over the last two days.

(Source: Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)

Col. Brian White oversees the Detention Bureau of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. He said the two incidents occurred Oct. 31 and Nov. 7.

The first incident involved 23-year-old William Farmer who became irate during meal service and assaulted two other inmates in the housing unit.

White said Farmer also assaulted the detention deputy working in the pod. He was eventually restrained by other detention staff.

The detention deputy sustained minor injuries from the assault and was treated at a local medical facility. The deputy that was assaulted is 28 years old and has been employed for approximately 4 months.

Farmer was criminally charged with battery of a law enforcement officer and two counts of battery.

The second incident involved 42-year-old Dewayne Anderson who returned to his room and physically assaulted detention staff.

White said while attempting to gain control of Anderson, one detention deputy sustained a broken ankle. The deputy is a 24 year old male and has been employed for approximately 3 years. Another detention deputy broke his hand during the altercation. This deputy is 45 years old and has been employed for approximately 15 years.

The detention deputy with the broken ankle was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and underwent surgery. The detention deputy sustaining the broken hand was transported by the sheriff’s office staff to a local hospital for treatment.

The Sheriff’s Office Investigations Section is currently investigating the matter and will be presenting the case to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office for charging.

White said the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office takes the safety of all employees as a top priority. Those choosing to endanger Sheriff’s Office employees will be held criminally responsible for their actions.