Inmate gets officer’s gun, takes hostage at Greenville hospital

Jimmy Antrone Dewitt
Jimmy Antrone Dewitt

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – An inmate who was being treated in the emergency room at Greenville Memorial Hospital got a detention officer’s gun, according to Greenville County spokesman Bob Mihalic.

He says it happened on Friday.

Jimmy Antrone Dewitt, 40, is an inmate at Greenville County Detention Center.

Dewitt was taken to the hospital for medical complications when he disarmed the officer in the emergency trauma center.

Mihalic says the inmate was able to get the service weapon from the transporting officer responsible for his security.

Dewitt pointed the gun at the officer and a patient and demanded his restraints be removed, according to Mihalic.

The officer didn’t do it.

Police with the hospital system were able to convince Dewitt to give up the gun and no one was reportedly hurt.

Dewitt is now charged with first-degree assault and battery, taking a hostage, unlawful possession of a weapon and escape, according to Mihalic.

Jail records show that Dewitt had been booked on charges of second-degree domestic violence, possessing drug paraphernalia and contempt of court.

Greenville Health System Police Department is investigating the incident along with the Greenville County Detention Center.

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