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Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
Thursday July 11th, 2019 :: 10:11 a.m. PDT

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Correctional deputies thwart attack by inmate

Two Sonoma County Sheriff’s Correctional Deputies were injured in an attack by an armed inmate yesterday. The incident occurred at about 10:00 AM when two deputies were conducting routine cell inspections. They entered the cell of inmate Sean Seeman who was seated on his bed at the time. As a deputy picked up a pile of clothing off the floor, Seeman lunged at the deputy with a sharp weapon and swung it at the deputy, attempting to stab him in the head or neck area.
 
The deputy was able to block Seeman’s hand and shove him backwards on the bed. The weapon flew out of Seeman’s hand and the two deputies were able to pin him to the bed until backup deputies were able to respond and take him into custody.
 
This weapon was later determined to be a toothbrush that had been filed to a point and wrapped with a cloth handle to make it a stabbing instrument. This type of sharpened object is commonly referred to as a shank.
 
Both deputies involved in the incident were taken to a local hospital for treatment and were later released. The involved deputy suffered a very large bruise to the side of his body. The second deputy suffered complaints of pain and was checked as a precaution. Seeman was uninjured. 
 
The inmate, Sean Seeman was booked on additional charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer with violence and manufacture of weapon by an inmate. Seeman has been in the Sonoma County Jail since July, 2018 when he was arrested on felony assault charges. He is being held without bail.  
 
CR: 190710-006

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Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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