Accused Charleston, SC, Shooter Dylann Roof Attacked by Inmate

Dylann Roof (center), the suspect in the mass shooting that left nine dead in a Charleston, S.C., church in June 2015, appears in court July 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.
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Accused Charleston, S.C., mass church shooter Dylann Roof was assaulted by a fellow inmate at the Cannon Detention Center in South Carolina while in the shower Thursday morning, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office confirmed, the Post and Courier reports.

Roof, 22, who was medically evaluated at the detention center, was not seriously injured in the attack, which occurred at 7:45 a.m.


Dwayne Marion Stafford, 25, is accused of leaving his own cell and running downstairs to the first level of the jail where Roof was showering and beating him up. Roof was hit in the face and on the body and reportedly suffered bruises to his face and back. No weapons were involved in the attack, and detention officers were able to break up the fight.

Dwayne Marion Stafford

A jail report said that the attack was "unprovoked."

Stafford will be facing charges of third-degree assault and battery, Maj. Eric Watson of the sheriff's office said, which carry a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500, the Post and Courier notes.


Stafford is currently jailed on charges of strong-armed robbery and first-degree assault and battery in pending cases.

Read more at the Post and Courier.

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