Sheriff: Tennessee deputy attacked by inmate faces major surgery

Deputy Josh Wiley (Courtesy: Robertson County Sheriff’s Office)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee sheriff says a deputy is in critical condition and needs prayers after being attacked during a struggle with an inmate who was killed.

Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt posted on Facebook Thursday morning that 36-year-old Deputy Josh Wiley still faces major surgery.

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A Nashville police statement says Wiley and Deputy Tomisha Jones were taking convicted bank robber 37-year-old Rodney L. Cole to a medical clinic Wednesday when the inmate asked to go to the bathroom and Wiley escorted him there.

The police statement says Jones heard her partner call for help and found Cole stabbing Wiley with a screwdriver. It says she fired at Cole and then both deputies struggled with the prisoner, who briefly grabbed Jones’ weapon before both deputies shot him.