Dylann Roof, the man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston, was assaulted Thursday by another inmate at the South Carolina jail where he is being held, authorities said.
Roof, 22, was showering at the jail when another inmate left his cell, ran down the stairs and attacked him, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said at a news conference Thursday.
The inmate, Dwayne Stafford, 25, struck Roof in the face and body with his hands before officers broke up the fight at the Charleston County Detention Center, Cannon said.
Roof suffered bruises to his face and back, but medical staff checked and cleared him, according to an incident report from the sheriff’s office. Stafford was expected to be charged with assault in the third degree, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Major Eric Watson told NBC News, adding that an internal investigation has been opened.
Cannon said at the news conference later Thursday that Roof and his attorney “have indicated they have no desire to press charges.”