Two Inmates Caused Montgomery County Jail Lockdown
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Authorities said two inmates making demands caused an hourlong lockdown at the Montgomery County jail on Wednesday morning.
Officials said Lucian Bucholz and David Morse climbed on top of an air conditioning unit inside their secure housing area around 10:30 a.m. and began making demands.
They refused to come down, with one demanding to go to the hospital and the other demanding to be transferred to a state-run facility. Both are Tennessee Department of Corrections Inmates housed locally at the jail.
The jail was locked down, and deputies counted inmates as part of procedure. Authorities said there was no chance they could escape.
Deputies could not find a way to get the inmates down without injury to either the inmates or deputies, so they decided to let them come down on their own. Additional personnel was placed around them, and they put down bed mats around the area in case they fell or jumped.
Bucholz and Morse eventually came down on their own around 8 a.m. Thursday. They were fed and allowed to shower after they came down.
"Both of these men were just sentenced to serve 10 years for
Tennessee Department of Corrections, so they were pretty upset about it," Chief
Deputy John Smith
said, adding the decision probably led to their behavior.
Both men were sentenced on robbery charges.
"This is a prime example of why the Tennessee Department of
Corrections should house its own inmates," said Sheriff
John Fuson. "They have special needs
better served by that institution, but we are forced to house them locally."
The Montgomery County Jail houses nearly 500 inmates daily, according to their website.