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Deputies: Detention Center officer hurt in inmate attack

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Caroline Foxwell-Holmes (Courtesy: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Caroline Foxwell-Holmes (Courtesy: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

A Spartanburg County detention center officer is recovering after she was injured late Saturday night when an inmate attacked her, deputies said.

According to Lt. Tony Ivey, Deputy Denise Gaines, an officer at the Spartanburg County Detention Center, transported Caroline Foxwell-Holmes to Spartanburg Regional Hospital to receive treatment for a medical condition.

While at the hospital, Ivey said Foxwell-Holmes, 32, of Duncan, began attacking the deputy inside a hospital room.

According to incident reports, a nurse walked in after hearing a disturbance and witnessed Foxwell-Holmes on top of Gaines. The nurse said Foxwell-Holmes was striking her repeatedly in the head. The nurse then ran out of the room to call security and 9-11.

Ivey said Gaines used her self-defense training to fight back and had to use pepper spray to subdue the inmate. Hospital security then took Foxwell-Holmes back into custody, Ivey said.

Gaines' head was cut and bruised in the attack, Ivey said, and she was treated and released from the hospital on Sunday.

"She is expected to make a full recovery and will return to duty once she is cleared by a doctor," Ivey said.

Deputies are still investigating how the inmate was able to attack the officer, Ivey said.

Foxwell-Holmes was treated for pepper spray exposure and returned to the detention center. She was arrested on two outstanding bench warrants on April 17, according to jail records. Those warrants were for assault and battery second degree and use of a vehicle without permission.

Ivey said the Spartanburg Police Department will be filing additional charges against Foxwell-Holmes in relation to the assault, since the assault happened in that agency's jurisdiction.

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