An incident at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga was captured on surveillance camera as a 25-year-old inmate attempted to stab a deputy with a homemade weapon. The inmate, identified as Christopher Lommie Jackson, has been in custody since 2019 on several violent charges, including alleged murder.

The surveillance footage shows the inmate, armed with a makeshift knife, rushing out of his cell and attacking the deputy, leading to a struggle. Other deputies quickly intervened and managed to subdue the inmate. The 45-year-old deputy suffered moderate injuries to his face but was treated and released from the hospital.

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The inmate had previously attempted to stab another inmate before attacking the deputy. Authorities emphasized the risk that such violent attacks pose to county employees working in correctional facilities. Charges of attempted murder have been filed against Christopher Lommie Jackson in connection with the attack on the deputy. The case will be overseen by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.


From the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department:

Inmate Attempts to Stab Deputy at the West Valley Detention Center

DATE/TIME: June 11, 2024, at 2:45 p.m.

INCIDENT: PC 664/187 – Attempted Murder

LOCATION: West Valley Detention Center – 9500 Etiwanda Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

SUSPECT(S): Christopher Lommie Jackson, 25-year-old resident of San Bernardino

VICTIM 1: Confidential 28-year-old Inmate
VICTIM 2: Confidential 45-year-old Deputy Sheriff

SUMMARY: On Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at approximately 2:45 p.m., inmate Christopher Lommie Jackson, who has been in custody since 2019 for murder, armed himself with a jail-made metal knife and attempted to stab another inmate. When deputies arrived, Jackson attempted to stab a deputy and knocked him to the ground. Responding deputies arrived and stopped the assault. During the incident, the deputy sustained moderate injuries to his face and was treated and released from a local hospital.

Assaults on deputies present significant challenges within correctional facilities due to the presence of violent offenders. This year, there have been 51 attacks on jail deputies by inmates in San Bernardino County. From 2022 through 2023, there were 236 assaults on deputies.

Sheriff Shannon Dicus stated, “Such violent behavior poses a serious threat to the safety and security of our staff and inmate populations. Our deputies work tirelessly to maintain order and provide a secure environment within our correctional facilities. We will pursue the maximum legal consequences for those who carry out attacks in our correctional facilities.”

Jackson has had multiple prior arrests for violent offenses in San Bernardino County. A criminal report for PC 664/187 – Attempted Murder will be filed with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for the attack.

A video of the incident can be viewed here:  https://we.tl/t-RhTH1txGAs

Refer: Lieutenant Laura Addy

Station: West Valley Detention Center

Phone No. (909) 463-5000

Case No. 342400682

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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