TCSO deputies caught in jailhouse attack

Deputies receive significant injuries in inmate assault, seven suspects face attempted homicide charges

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published November 18, 2023  • 
9:00 am

TULARE COUNTY – During a routine meal call at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office found themselves facing a dangerous situation involving homemade alcohol and a violent altercation with inmates.

According to reports, just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, who were assigned to the Bob Wiley Detention Facility, were completing a meal call when they noticed an inmate with “jailhouse alcohol” commonly known as “pruno.”

As deputies tried to take the alcohol away, they were attacked by two inmates. Five additional inmates joined in on the attack and made multiple attempts to throw the deputies from the top tier of the jail facility. 

Fortunately, additional personnel arrived on scene and intervened in the attack. The two deputies were taken to an area hospital for treatment of significant injuries to the head and upper body. Both were treated, released and are expected to make a full recovery.

The seven suspects involved in the attack will be booked into custody on fresh charges of attempted homicide.

Mid Valley Times Staff