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Inmate accused of punching officer, kicking lieutenant at detention center

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An inmate is facing new assault and battery charges after authorities say he punched a detention officer and kicked a lieutenant at the Berkeley County jail.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has charged 30-year-old Benjamin Walter Dubois with two counts of assault and battery.

Dubois' latest charges stem from an incident at the Berkeley County Detention Center on March 28 when officers were moving Dubois to a different cell.

According to the sheriff's office, as an officer was guiding Dubois to a new cell, Dubois struck the officer in her right eye. The officer and a sargeant then brought Dubois to the floor to prevent any further injury to other officers and Dubois.

Investigators say as officers were attempting to get Dubois under control, he was able to kick a lieutenant's right hand and crush it against a steel cell door. Dubois was then restrained in the cell's chair.

The officer who was struck in the eye was transported to Trident Medical Center for her injury, while the lieutenant who was kicked was treated at the hospital as well.

According to the Berkeley County Detention Center, Dubois is already facing murder and assault charges.

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