Inmate accused of beating guard, causing serious injury

Deadrian C. Boykins
Mug shot of Deadrian C. Boykins provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) -The inmate accused of beating a confinement officer unconscious at the Allen County Jail on Christmas morning had been sentenced for murder just five days earlier. Deadrian Boykins has now been charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, a class C felony.

According to Jeremy Tinkel, a spokesman for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Quinton Greer remains hospitalized in serious, but stable condition. He has been a confinement officer for three years. He suffered a severe head injury.

Court documents said Boykins first hit Greer in the head with a food tray and then punched him in the head more than a dozen times, kicked him twice and threw a second food tray at his head while he was on the floor. Sheriff Ken Fries said the inmate punched Greer around 20 times. When Fries got the call about what happened, he was told an officer was in a pool of blood with a head injury.

“One of the things that shocked me the most was the other inmates who stood around and watched That shocked the officer too,” Fries said. “I told the block today there are consequences for your inaction. They’re locked down. They should have stepped in and intervened, just as we should on the streets. It really surprised me that out of the 22 people there someone didn’t step forward and say don’t do this.”

The probable cause said a disagreement about the television led to Boykins assaulting Greer in the H-Block. The court documents said:

[Boykins] stated, “I asked Confinement Officer Greer to leave the television on for a few minutes, show some holiday spirit. Then Greer stated, ‘A man is dead because of you, where’s your holiday cheer.'” [Boykins] further stated, “I warned Greer about disrespecting me.”

The documents said that conversation happened about an hour before Greer was attacked. Boykins admitted to hitting Greer with the food tray and said he “blacked out after that.”

Greer was able to call for help before he was knocked unconscious. Other confinement officers responded quickly and restrained Boykins. The Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne Fire Department and TRAA also all responded very quickly. A NewsChannel 15 reporter at the scene said there were a total of 12 police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances on scene at the jail Wednesday morning.

“The emergency responders did a great job yesterday. Another confinement officer heard a commotion in another block and he started going that way and that’s what got the help there quicker. The response from other confinement officers who thought they heard something going on or thought they heard someone needed back up in an emergency did a great job,” Fries said.

Boykins was found guilty of murder on November 21 for the shooting death of Elijah Freeman, 17, of Fort Wayne. Freeman was gunned down on April 3 in the 900-block of Hugh Street. Boykins was sentenced to 65 years in prison on December 20. Sheriff Fries said he would have been at the jail for about another week before he would have been transferred to the Department of Corrections.

Tinkel said the jail was put on lockdown after the incident Wednesday.

Fries met with the confinement officers Thursday morning. The department has a total of 124, but can’t release how many are on duty at a time for security reasons.

“I have no doubt there will be a few who resign after this. One said it’s frightening and I said it’s because it can happen to you just as easily as anyone else. We come to work every day and bad things don’t happen. Yes, this is a wake-up call that they can happen to any one of us and we need to be vigilant,” Fries said.

He said it’s been ten to 12 years since a confinement officer was hospitalized from an incident at the jail. They do not carry weapons in the jail.

“It’s a good place to work. Just sometimes bad things happen to good people,” the sheriff said.

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