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Police: 2 officers 'seriously assaulted' at jail; inmate being released is now dead

Two officers were assaulted at the jail in Florence, according to preliminary information from Oregon State Police. (SBG)

FLORENCE, Ore. - Two officers were "seriously assaulted" at the Florence Municipal Jail on Monday while attempting to release a man from custody, Oregon State Police said.

Medics took the officers and the man to Peace Harbor Hospital, where the man was pronounced dead, police said.

The man's identity and cause of death are not yet known.

The identifies and conditions of the officers involved are not yet known.

"There is no further threat or danger to the public," state police said.

Troopers were called to the jail at 9 a.m. Monday.

"Troopers and officers responded and found two officers had been seriously assaulted when they were attempting to release a 40-year-old male from the custody of the Florence PD jail," state police said in a statement. "As medics arrived to attend to the two officers, who were assaulted, the male became non-responsive and medics turned their attention to him. The male was transported to Peace Harbor Hospital and was pronounced deceased."


About the Florence Municipal Jail

Florence converted the municipal jail from a Lockup Facility for temporary holds to a Local Correctional Facility in 2008.

"The purpose was to give the Municipal Court Judge a tool to hold those we arrest accountable for the crime(s) they commit in Florence," according to the City of Florence website.

The jail is an 18-bed facility.

"The jail is staffed by a full time Corrections Officer," according to the City of Florence website. "In addition to the duties of running the jail, the Corrections Officer serves as Court Bailiff for the Florence Municipal Court."

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