Jail restrains Dontae Morris

TAMPA — Dontae Morris, the man suspected of fatally shooting the two Tampa officers, became aggressive in jail and was restrained for three hours Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said.

After a court appearance that day, Morris was taken to the pod at the Orient Road Jail, where he is being held.

From his cell, he asked a female detention deputy watching him for toilet paper. She brought him some but he started masturbating in front of her, Col. Jim Previtera, who is in charge of county jails, said Wednesday.

She told him to stop. He didn't, so she called for a supervisor.

"I don't know the exact wording, but he questioned the staff, saying, 'What can you do to me that hasn't been done to me already?' " Previtera said.

Then Morris started picking at his toes. One began to bleed, and when deputies said they were going to call for a nurse, Morris said he didn't want one in his cell, Previtera said.

After consulting with supervisors, deputies put Morris in a restraint chair, which has straps for arms and legs.

Morris has been well behaved and "low key" since then, Previtera said. "He indicated he did not want to be put in the chair again."

Jail restrains Dontae Morris 07/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:00pm]

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