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Salt Lake County Jail on lockdown after inmate starts fight with officer, officials say

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Apr 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 17:15:03-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — The Salt Lake County Jail is on lockdown after an inmate attacked an officer Tuesday afternoon.

Dylan Phillips

Dylan Phillips

The confrontation occurred in the medium security housing area just after noon when an officer approached inmate Dylan Phillips over passing an item of contraband, according to a press release from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

While the officer escorted Phillips back to his cell, the release states, the inmate turned on the officer and hit him with his fist. At that point, a brief fight broke out between the two.

The officer was able to call for backup and Phillips was taken to his cell without further incident, the release states.

The officer sustained minor injuries as a result of the fight.

Per protocol, the release states, the jail was placed on lockdown until the incident could be investigated and the jail command staff feel like it is safe to lift the lockdown.

Essential services such as medical/mental health care, booking, etc. will continue.

The incident does appear to be random. There are no concerns of further conflict, according to the release.

Phillips was booked into jail on March 17 for outstanding warrants as well as drug, theft and burglary charges.

This story will be updated as it becomes available.