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Inmate stabs Va. deputy, shoots another inside cell

Associated Press

WARRENTON, Va. — Authorities in Fauquier County say an inmate shot one deputy and stabbed another in a holding cell at the county courthouse in Warrenton, Virginia on Wednesday afternoon.

According to investigators, 30-year-old George Golder Phillips, II was taken to the courthouse for a routine hearing, and an incident took place in a holding cell area between Phillips and the two deputies.

Deputies said Deputy Thomas Leake, 41, a veteran law enforcement officer who has been with the sheriff's department for two years, went into the holding cell and was immediately attacked by Phillips, who stabbed him near the eye with a self-made instrument that he had concealed from authorities.

As he struggled with Deputy Leake, Phillips was able to get a hold of his gun. Authorities say when Master Deputy Charles Embrey, 38, went into the cell to help Deputy Leake, Phillips shot him in the upper leg.

Both injured deputies were able to subdue Phillips.

Deputy Embrey was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment, and deputy Leake was treated at Fauquier Hospital. Both are in stable condition.

Authorities say Phillips was charged in late November in connection to bank robberies in Fauquier County and other nearby jurisdictions.

He has been charged with one county of attempted murder of a police officer. He is being transferred to an undisclosed facility, and a court date has been set for January 7 in Fauquier County General District Court.

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