Attack on detention officers under investigation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico

A 28-year-old Curry County inmate was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery on a peace officer Friday afternoon after he attacked two detention officers with a makeshift shank, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller.

Police said Guadalupe Urquizo attacked the officers about 6 p.m. Thursday when the officers entered the jail’s high security pod to retrieve dinner trays after the conclusion of the evening meal.

Waller said the officers tackled Urquizo and were able to subdue him quickly.

“(Urquizo) had been to court earlier in the day and was upset that he had missed his recreation time,” Waller said.

“The officers involved are to be commended for their quick reaction and de-escalation of the incident.”

Urquizo is also charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, Waller said.

County Manager Lance Pyle said one officer received superficial wounds and was treated and released from the hospital with a fractured hand. Pyle said he was placed on light duty as a result of his injuries.

The other officer suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention and was able to return to duty immediately, he said.

“The inmate was quickly subdued by detention officers and moved to segregation,” Pyle said.

“Based on what we have been briefed on and what we have seen (on surveillance footage) all procedures were followed accordingly and the detention officers handled the situation very well. Both of these officers are new officers to the facility and they handled it great.”

Pyle declined to identify the officers.

Court records show Urquizo is in jail on multiple charges including aggravated battery on a household member and probation violations.