VIDEO: Inmate Beats Corrections Officers Unconscious

Holly Matkin

Dante Jeffries was already awaiting trial for shooting a Chicago police officer when he carried out the brutal attacks.

Chicago, IL – Three Cook County corrections officers were attacked by an inmate who ultimately stole a set of keys from one of them in an effort to release his fellow prisoners (video below).

Two of the corrections officers were rendered unconscious during the brutal assault, and one was hospitalized with serious injuries, WFLD reported.

The violent altercation began inside the maximum-security block at approximately 3:40 a.m. as one of the corrections officers was preparing to pass out breakfast, according to the Chicago Tribune.

When 30-year-old inmate Dante Jeffries asked the corrections officer to let him out so he could go get a drink of water, the guard agreed and unlocked his cell door.

Jefferies, who is incarcerated pending trial for allegedly shooting a Chicago police officer in 2017, headed down a stairway to retrieve a glass of water, and returned a moment later, security footage showed.

But when the corrections officer opened his door to lock him back down, Jefferies suddenly moved in behind him and grabbed him around his neck.

The corrections officer desperately attempted to escape, but was trapped on the second tier of the cell block with nowhere to go.

A second inmate emerged from Jefferies’ cell a moment later, at which point Jefferies dragged the flailing corrections officer through the open cell door, the video showed.

The inmates closed the door behind them, barricading the corrections officer inside for several moments.

The corrections officer burst out of the cell seconds later, but the open cell door blocked him from being able to flee down the stairway to safety.

The inmate closed in on him yet again and swung an object at him, knocking the corrections officer onto the floor, the video showed.

Investigators later determined that the corrections officer had been hit with a sock stuffed with bars of soap, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Jeffries laid on top of the corrections officer, pinning him to the ground, and ultimately choked him until he lost consciousness, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

At one point during the attack, Jeffries allegedly stole the corrections officer’s keys and handed them off to fellow inmate Sharelle Sims.

Sims, 23, was being held in jail for allegedly being in possession of a firearm that had a defaced serial number, WFLD reported.

While Jeffries choked the corrections officer, Sims took the keys and opened at least one other cell door, the video showed.

A second corrections officer spotted the attack and ran into the cell block, at which point Jeffries got off of the corrections officer he had attacked.

But when a third corrections officer came to intervene, Jeffries punched him in the head, the video showed.

The corrections officer was knocked unconscious and immediately fell to the ground.

Jeffries then turned his attention to the second corrections officer, who was trapped at the end of the balcony trying to assist the guard who had been choked.

The inmate slugged the second corrections officer in the face or upper body, knocking him to the ground, the video showed.

As additional corrections officers entered the cell block, one of the inmates continued to unlock cell doors.

Jeffries appeared to square off with one of the guards for a moment, but was ultimately subdued after a corrections sergeant armed with a stun gun jumped into the melee, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The three injured corrections officers were transported to the hospital, where one was admitted.

The other two corrections officers were treated and released.

Charges against Jeffries and Sims are pending, according to CWB.

Jeffries has been incarcerated in Cook County since July of 2017, when he allegedly shot a female Chicago police officer who responded to intercept him during an in-progress robbery at a cell phone store, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The bullet hit the officer in her kneecap.

Jeffries carjacked a man at gunpoint and fled the scene, but was later apprehended in the Fulton River District, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He was subsequently charged with aggravated battery of a police officer, attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, and 100 additional felony offenses, CWB reported.

Sims has been incarcerated in Cook County since August of 2019 on charges of possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number and armed habitual criminal.

He was previously convicted of illegal firearm possession and armed robbery.

You can watch security footage of the correction officers’ encounter with Jeffries and Sims in the video below:

Comments (57)
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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Dante Jeffries

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ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Man, it sure seems like these guys always hurt a lot of people while 'turning their lives around'.

Kes
Kes

We need to start putting violent psychopaths to death again

Goldstatr1
Goldstatr1

They need the death penalty for sure, they cant be rehabilitated, it's in their CDNA to be violent !!!!

Five-0
Five-0

Definitely usual suspect. I would say I hope he gets gang raped but I’m sure he would enjoy that also. Animals being animals. Going to need more cages!!!

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

I think they need to start doing rabies test on prisoners!! We need sinking ships to put all these parasites on and let the ship sink in shark infested waters till all the jails are empty..

cspcapt
cspcapt

this is where a dog would come in handy

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Another 13 percenter

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Yeah keep turning these animals out on the streets. My heart was breaking when they got that C. O. in their cell and shut the door!!! 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

stooge819
stooge819

See, that's that "school-to-prison pipeline" thing going on there. It's not their fault.

DarrellWhitledge
DarrellWhitledge

Quit wasting our money and get rid of his garbage ass

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

I DID EVEN READ beyond the first name to know it was a PUKED UP SPEAR CHUCKER !!!. 👹 This article SHOULD READ....THREE P.O.S. SPEAR CHUCKERS FOUND LYNCHED in their CAVES from OBVIOUS Suicide.

bryantrent
bryantrent

lock them up in solitary

Stanracer
Stanracer

The usual animal suspects.

mbfritz
mbfritz

Sick of those disgusting animals!

EddieK
EddieK

Why was breakfast being served at 0340 hours? Why would you crack open a cell on the midnight tour without authorization from the tour commander? Inmates do what inmates do. Inmates are always looking for a way to escape, they have enough time 24/7 to think about it. I would've told the inmate to get the water out of his sink. What? Your sink doesn't work. I'll notify maintainance and submit a work order and tell the area supervisor. But, your not getting out of your cell until lockout. Then go about completing the feeding. When the inmate feeding was completed, make a logbook entry, fill out a work order for maintainance and inform the area supervisor.

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

why iz that inmate even breathing

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Man those first COs were terrible, didn't even attempt to get control of those inmates and got knocked unconscious just standing there, and the response time for the calvary was a tad long, luckily most of the inmates stayed in their cells or this could've turned into a full blown riot


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