Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Pinellas sheriff's office: Corporal injured during assault by inmate

LARGO — A Pinellas County Sheriff's corporal underwent three surgeries for a broken rib and a punctured spleen after being assaulted inside the cell of a jail inmate.

Cpl. David Wall and Deputy Corey Bailey entered Roy Collin's single cell about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to conduct a routine search, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Once inside, Collin struck Bailey in the upper chest, detectives said.

While Wall, 60, was trying to restrain Collin, 68, the corporal fell, striking the left side of his torso on the cell's toilet.

Wall was transported to a hospital for treatment of what was thought to be non-life threatening injuries, but his conditioned worsened on Friday.

He was in stable Friday condition after the surgeries.

Detectives charged Collin with one count of battery on a law enforcement officer and one count of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. He was originally booked in the Pinellas County Jail Jan. 20 on one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.

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