Inmate grabs Taser, goes for holster, in fight at jail

Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

An inmate at the Bartholomew County Jail is in more trouble following a fight Wednesday night.

At about 6:30 p.m., authorities say that inmate Ezequiel J. Gomez became very agitated and aggressive when staff asked him to move to another cell. As officers explained why this was being done, a fight ensued and, at one point, Gomez was able to take possession of a Taser.

The struggle continued for several minutes until other officers arrived and Gomez was taken into custody. Photos show Gomez in possession of the Taser and show that Gomez appears to be grabbing at an empty gun holster.

Gomez with Taser in hand; Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

Gomez was being held locally on a Kentucky warrant for Violation of Probation on original charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Resisting Law Enforcement. He was not injured and has been transferred to another facility.

Correction’s staff are currently completing reports that will be sent to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges.

Jail Commander Major John Martoccia commended his staff for their professionalism during the altercation. One officer received minor injuries. He was checked out by medical professionals and released.

Gomez grabbing for holster; Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers says he is very concerned by the pictures, especially where it appears that Gomez is reaching for an empty holster. “This is one of the reasons that we do not allow firearms in the jail,” said Myers.

Sheriff Myers also commended jail staff for their professionalism during this incident. “These jobs are hard and our CO’s are certainly ‘unsung heroes’ who don’t get the appreciation they deserve,” added Sheriff Myers.