EUNICE, La. - A St. Landry Parish Corrections Officer was attacked by an inmate while performing his duties on November 18, 2021 just after 3:30 a.m.
According to reports, inmate Timothy Benoit was observed climbing on the sink of his cell and was trying to remove a ceiling panel to escape his cell.
A corrections deputy entered the cell and attempted to place handcuffs on Benoit. At this time, Benoit pulled away and began punching the deputy. The deputy attempted to spray Benoit, but Benoit overpowered the deputy and placed the deputy in a chokehold then began yelling “I’m going to kill you.”
Additional deputies entered the cell and Benoit released the deputy and yelled “I could have killed him, but I didn’t.” Benoit then began to resist the assisting deputies and tried to remove their impact weapons. Benoit was then handcuffed and shackled then removed from his cell. An ambulance was called to render aid to the deputy due to him having trouble breathing and being contaminated with OC spray.
While deputies were decontaminating Benoit, he tried to run for the exit door but was quickly subdued. Benoit is currently in custody on burglary charges. The deputy was later released and cleared to return to duty.