Nurse Attacked at Martinez Jail

A nurse was assaulted with a lamp inside jail facility.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010  |  Updated 7:38 AM PDT
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Nurse Attacked at Martinez Jail

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A nurse who treats inmates in Martinez was attacked Monday.

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For the second time in a week, a member of the medical team who helps care for inmates has been attacked inside a Bay Area facility.

A jail nurse was hurt Monday after a man who was being processed into the Martinez jail attacked her.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's department says the inmate, Aaron Nygaard, faked a seizure and when medical staff responded he picked up a lamp and struck the nurse in the head. 

Officials weren't releasing any details on how badly the nurse was injured, but she was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for treatment.

The suspect then tried to use the lamp as a weapon on other deputies, who were finally able to subdue him with a taser.

Nygaard is a resident of El Cerrito.  He was brought to the jail on burglary charges, but is now also facing assault with a deadly weapon charges as well.

The Martinez incident happened two days after a psychiatric nurse was killed at the Napa State Hospital. Investigators say an inmate killed Donna Gross during her dinner break. She had worked at the facility for 14 years.

The suspect in the Napa attack is Jess Willard Massey, a convicted burglar who was declared mentally insane and has spent more than a decade in the Napa facility.

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