Officers injured in Iredell jail incident


Pictured above: Martevis Simpson, Shyheim Millsaps and Rick Chambers – Pictures courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Darren Campbell said: On Tuesday December 4, 2018 at approximately 7:45 pm an incident occurred inside the Iredell County Detention Center. Inmates were being allowed to visit with family and friends. This requires Detention Officers to escort inmates to and from the visitation rooms.

While escorting an inmate back to their Housing Pod, Martevis Simpson became aggressive with the Detention Officer. As the Detention Officer was removing the handcuffs from Simpson he attacked the officer striking him with the handcuffs causing cuts and other injury.

Simpson was subdued by officers and placed back in cuffs. At this point, other inmates in the Housing Pod begin reacting to this action by creating a disturbance. Even after being restrained in handcuffs, Simpson continued to cause a problem. Detention Officers responded to other inmates becoming loud, hitting the glass in the door, and causing disturbances.

Patrol Deputies and other law enforcement agencies were ask to respond to assist due to multiple inmates were now involved.

Detention Officers entered the Housing Pod and took Shyheim Millsaps, who was one of the agitators. He became loud and aggressive towards the Detention Officers. Millsaps and other inmates prior to anyone entering the cell, had placed make shift masks on their faces in an attempt to shield themselves from pepper spray. When the first Detention Officer approached Millsaps he refused to obey orders and attacked the officer.

While Detention Officers were trying to subdue Millsaps, Inmate Rick Chambers assaulted one of the officers from behind striking him. Other officers responded and both inmates were subdued and placed in handcuffs. Offices used chemical munitions to gain control of the Housing Pod which by this time had most every inmate off their bunks moving, yelling and some still causing a disturbance.

Millsaps who initiated this incident was transported to by Iredell County EMS to be treated in part for exposure to Pepper Spray. It’s unclear if Millsaps and Chambers were working together trying to start a riot or each man acted alone. It is clear however, Chambers attacked Detention Officers from behind in response to Millsaps staring an altercation.

Detention Officers and other law enforcement officers began to deal with each of the other disruptive inmates and attempted to restore order to the Housing Pod. In many cases inmates were preparing to fight by covering their faces and hitting walls and the glass around their pod area.

The combined effort of all law enforcement and the quick response by Detention Officers who initially separated the agitators from the other inmates helped keep a very dangerous and volatile situation under control.

The end result was three inmates were charged with additional crimes and four Detention Officers were injured. The investigation is still ongoing and other charges are expected in this case.

Rick Rashond Chambers was charged with: Two Counts of Felony Assault on Detention Employee, Felony Inciting to Riot, Fail to Disperse on Command and Disorderly Conduct.

Chambers has charges dating back to 2013 which include Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place Controlled Substance, Felony Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia, and First Degree Murder. Chambers is currently in custody on First Degree Murder charges

Shyheim Fitzhugh Millsaps was charged with: Felony Assault on Detention Employee, Felony Inciting to Riot, Fail to Disperse on Command and Disorderly Conduct.

Millsaps has a criminal history dating back to 2013. His past charges include Trafficking Opium of Heroin, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess Controlled Substance within 1000 foot of a School, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possess With Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver MDMA, Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/ Deliver Schedule III, Maintain a Dwelling/Place Controlled Substance, Possession of Stolen Firearm, and Felony Possession of Marijuana. Millsaps is currently in custody for Possession with Intent to Sale/Deliver Controlled Substance.

Martevis Jashawn Simpson was charged with: Felony Assault with Deadly Weapon on Government Official.

Simpson past criminal history includes charges dating back 2012 and include Resist Public Officer, Simple Assault, False Imprisonment, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Probation Violation, First Degree Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Serious Injury, Assault on Female, Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, Felony Probation Violation, Assault Inflicting Physical Injury on Detention Employee, Felony Conspiracy, Alter/Destroy Steal Evidence, Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Possession of Firearm by Felon, and Accessory After the Fact/ Felony. Simpson is currently in custody for Felony Probation violation.

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