Think twice before injuring a deputy, Flagler sheriff warns

3 unrelated incidents reported in 3 days


FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Three deputies were attacked in three separate incidents in three days, and Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly issued a warning Monday, saying anyone who would injure his officers should think again.

None of Staly’s deputies were seriously hurt.

Two of the incidents took place at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Facility.

On Friday, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Detention Sgt. Manuel Sa was hurt when he and other deputies tried to remove an inmate from his cell.

Sa’s right wrist and forearm were injured when the inmate dropped to the floor -- twisting, kicking and pulling, and landed on Sa’s arm. The sergeant was treated at a hospital and released. He has been placed on light duty.

Officials charged the inmate with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and assault on a law enforcement officer, Staly said.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, Detention Deputy Jonathan Vitale was bitten on his finger while he and two other deputies restrained an inmate as the suspect was booked into jail. The inmate had been arrested for trespassing, Staly said.

As the man was being processed, he became irate toward deputies. When Vitale put his hand on the inmate’s right shoulder, the suspect turned and bit Vitale’s middle finger, drawing blood and leaving a tooth mark. Vitale was treated and released.

The inmate was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, which is a felony.

About 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Deputy Daniel Parthemore lost his balance while trying to apprehend a domestic violence suspect. Parthemore fell onto the pavement and injured his arm, hip and back, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Parthemore was treated at Florida Hospital Flagler and released. The subject was arrested and charged with resisting arrest without violence, officials said.

“We will not tolerate abuse of our deputies in the course of doing their jobs,” Staly said. “If you
injure our deputies, you will go to jail or have charges added. There’s plenty of room at the Green-Roof Inn. And rest assured, we will urge the state attorney to prosecute you to the full extent of the law. Every deputy knows there are risks while serving our community. We want to bring awareness, in addition to our training, to minimize those risks.”

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