Washington County Deputy Dies After Altercation With Inmate

Mar 26, 2021

Credit Washington County Sheriff's Department

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A Washington County deputy sheriff has died after an altercation with a jail inmate, the sheriff’s office confirmed on Friday.

Cpl. Kyle Davis, 39, a 13-year veteran of the office, died Thursday after the fight inside the jail, said Washington County Undersheriff Jon Copeland. Copeland identified the suspect as Athine Jamuan Henderson, 36. An investigation into the death is ongoing, and formal charges have not been filed, Copeland said.

Henderson was one of 17 people arrested Thursday as part of a joint investigation into illegal drugs by the sheriff’s office, Bartlesville police and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He’s currently being held at a jail in a neighboring county, Copeland said.

Henderson became aggressive toward jail personnel, and an altercation ensued in which Davis was injured, Copeland said. Davis was transported to a nearby hospital, where efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, the sheriff’s office said.