LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - (KTRE) - An Angelina County jailer was hospitalized Thursday night after an inmate stabbed him, according to the sheriff's office.
Gary Amoe, 23, is listed in stable condition at Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin.
According to Chief Jim Casper, Amoe and another jailer, Mark Thompson, went to check on an inmate, William Colquitt, who was acting erratic. Colquitt attempted to stab Thompson with a shank (a homemade knife), but Thompson deflected the attempt. The inmate then stabbed Amoe in the side of the abdomen.
Casper said the stabbing took place sometime after 11 p.m.
"Those are few and far between, but even though it doesn't happen that often, officers can't get lax, you know, you always have to be aware that those types of situations can present themselves and you have to be ready for them," Sgt. Bart Riley said.
Amoe is being held in the hospital for observation. Colquitt is being held in isolation.
Colquitt was arrested in July 2010 after he was accused of robbing Rent 1st in Lufkin. Just last week, a judge determined he was incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to a maximum security state hospital to determine if he can be restored to full competency. Colquitt was in the jail waiting for the transfer.
Riley said he may be charged with aggravated assault of a correctional officer.
"I would say it makes you more cautious on how you go about your daily business," he said.