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Jail officer’s body transported to medical examiner’s office

November 2, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The body of a Maricopa County detention officer fatally injured in a jail attack has been transported to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office in downtown Phoenix.

A motorcade led by motorcycles carried Officer Gene Lee’s body Saturday about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from the hospital where he was treated after being assaulted Tuesday at the Lower Buckeye Jail.

Sheriff’s officials said Lee died Wednesday night after suffering a head injury when he was knocked to the ground by an inmate, 59-year-old Daniel Davitt.

Before Lee died, Davitt was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault on a corrections officer. More serious charges are expected with the officer’s death.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Davitt who could comment on the allegations.


Information from: KTVK-TV, http://www.azfamily.com/