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Wayne County sheriff's corporal killed in brutal jail attack


Wayne County Sheriff's Office. - STEVE NEAVLING
  • Steve Neavling
  • Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

A 50-year-old Wayne County Sheriff’s corporal died after authorities say he was brutally attacked by a jail inmate Wednesday night.

Sheriff’s officials said a 28-year-old inmate assaulted Cpl. Bryant Searcy shortly after 10 p.m. at the jail at 525 Clinton St. in Detroit. Searcy later died at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Corporal Searcy’s wife, Sherry, and their daughter during this horrific time,” Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said in a news release Thursday morning. “Words cannot express the magnitude of the loss and pain we feel today.”

  • Wayne County Sheriff's Office
  • Cpl. Bryant Searcy.
Details of the attack weren’t clear Thursday morning.

"As a result of the ensuing struggle, Corporal Searcy was gravely injured," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "He was treated on scene by jail medical personnel and Detroit EMS. He was conveyed to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries and died."

Searcy joined the force in November 2002 and rose to the rank of corporal.

“A full investigation is underway, both internally by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and by the Detroit Police Department’s homicide unit,” Evans said. “The attack on and homicide of Corporal Searcy is a jarring reminder of the danger the men and women in law enforcement face on every shift.”

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