Sheriff: Mecklenburg Co. Detention Officer Fired For Assaulting Inmate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sheriff Garry McFadden says a former Mecklenburg County Detention Officer was fired on Friday for assaulting an inmate back in May.

Police say Detention Officer Ellis Chambers got into a physical altercation with an inmate, 29-year-old James McIllwaine, inside the Mecklenburg County Detention Center on May 23rd.

Officer Chambers was terminated for his involvement in this crime and issued a criminal summons for simple assault.

McIllwaine, the inmate, was also issued a criminal summons for simple assault in this case, according to police.

“I am deeply disappointed in the conduct of Officer Chambers. A criminal investigation was intitiated by the MCSO Criminal Investigations Unit. MCSO found that Officer Chambers’ actions were not in keeping with MCSO training and policy and were in fact, criminal in nature. All employees of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office are required to demonstrate professional and ethical conduct,” said Sheriff McFadden.