Warren County Deputy Assaulted by Inmate

On March 30, 2013 at approximately 12:55 A.M., Deputy Thomas Ratigan, an 11 year veteran of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office observed inmate Clyde Burrell causing a disturbance inside the cellblock he was being housed in.  Deputy Ratigan advised inmate Burrell he was being moved and called for other deputies to assist in Burrell’s movement.  Deputy Ratigan instructed inmate Burrell to come out of the cellblock.  Burrell came out of the cellblock carrying some of his property.  Burrell placed his property down, and struck Deputy Ratigan in his face.  Deputy Ratigan then sprayed Burrell with pepper spray.  Burrell was then restrained and handcuffed with the assistance of Deputies Jimmy Tharpe and Ronald Buracker.

Deputy Ratigan was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with a broken nose, two jaw fractures, and an incision.

Charges against Burrell are currently pending.  Burrell had been held without bond at the Warren County Jail since July 28, 2012 where he was awaiting trial for attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, assault on law enforcement officers, and violation of probation. 

Burrell has been transferred to Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center for confinement.     

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April 1, 2013

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron