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Sheriff: Inmates escape cell, attack deputy at Marion County Jail

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Marion County Jail (Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office) Marion County Jail (Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Two inmates escaped from their cell and attacked a Marion County Jail deputy, according to the sheriff's office.

The attack occurred at 2 a.m. Monday as the deputy was performing hourly checks inside the jail.

The deputy was able to fight off the attackers long enough to call for help.

When additional deputies arrived, both inmates surrendered.

The deputy who was attacked was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police are investigating this case. Detectives will try to establish a motive and work to determine how the inmates escaped from their cell.

"Our deputy acted heroically and bravely, I could not be more proud of this deputy and all of our staff who responded to assist in a time of crisis," said Sheriff Jason Myers.

The names of the deputy and inmates were not immediately released.

The Marion County Jail is a 24 hour facility that typically has around 400 inmates in custody.

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