Georgia Deputy Struck by Female Inmate

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. --

A Gwinnett County Jail inmate attacked a female deputy Friday in a housing unit.

Ernesteen Crawford, 51, was lined up with a group of other female inmates in the unit awaiting pill call when she began a loud verbal outburst.

When the deputy walked down to talk to her, Crawford hit the deputy in the face.

Crawford fought with the deputy briefly until help arrived.

Deputies had to use a Taser to subdue Crawford and she had to be placed in a restraint chair due to her violent behavior.

Crawford had been in the Gwinnett County Jail since January on felony probation violation charges.

Crawford is now being charged with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer and is being housed in a maximum security unit for female inmates.

The deputy was not seriously injured.

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