October 1, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Sheriff's Office Detention Deputy Brutally Attacked by Inmate at South
Walter Connelly, was brutally attacked by
Tavares Jerrod Wright, an inmate awaiting trial
on two counts of first-degree murder, on Saturday, September 29, at 4
Wright, 20, of Lakeland, attacked detention deputy Connelly when Connelly
attempted to serve him dessert. As Connelly opened Wright's cell
door, Wright brutally attacked Connelly. After the brief but brutal
attack, Wright locked himself in his cell.
Connelly, an employee of the Polk County Sheriff's Office since 1990, was
taken by ambulance to Lake Wales Hospital and then transferred to Winter
Haven Hospital, where he remained until Monday morning, when he was
released. Connelly suffered a fractured C-3 vertebrate, stitches in
and above his left eye, a scratched right cornea, and fractures to his
nasal cavity. As a result of the attack, Connelly will miss at least
eight weeks of work.
Tavares Wright was charged with aggravated battery to a law enforcement