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Deputy recovering after reported inmate attack

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A Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy is recovering after she was attacked by a jail inmate, according to Sheriff Tony Thompson.

Deputy Melissa Crozier was injured Saturday morning. Thompson said an inmate, John Delroy Young, had a mental episode, and attacked her.

She was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. with a broken eye socket, among other injuries. She is now recovering at home.

Young was initially brought in on burglary and fraud charges. Now, he faces charges for willful injury and assault on a peace officer.

"That was a pretty big guy to hit a smaller female deputy," Thompson said.

Thompson said Young punched Crozier in the face, and followed up on the attack. He said Crozier called for help, and responding deputies pulled Young off her. He said all protocols were followed, but that this is one of the dangers law enforcement personnel face, if rarely.

"The severity of this one is very acute," Thompson said. "It's something that very rarely happens the way this happened."\

Officers inside the the jail do not carry firearms, Thompson said.

Thompson said he visited Crozier in Minnesota, and was happy to see her recovering.

He also noted that the incident was partially captured on security video. However, Young was not assessed to be dangerous, and was placed in the general population. In these cells, there are no cameras. As a result, the footage from the hallway apparently only shows Crozier being thrown out the door of Young's cell.

Sheriff Thompson declined to release this video, citing an open investigation. He said reports are still being collected, and witnesses interviewed -- including Young.

"Even he indicates that this is his deal," Thompson said. "It's on him, the onus, and the responsibility for what occurred is totally on him."

Young was not injured in the altercation.

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