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Inmate Punches Sheriff’s Deputy, Fractures His Eye Socket

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff’s Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A Cook County sheriff’s deputy suffered a fractured eye socket after an inmate allegedly punched him in the face at the criminal courthouse Wednesday morning.

Rayvon Parker, who is awaiting murder charges, became “combative” and attacked the 32-year-old deputy when the officer tried to escort Parker back to the Cook County Jail following a routine hearing, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Patterson said.

Even after more than two dozen deputies ran to the third-floor courtroom to help, the 5-foot-5, 150-pound Parker allegedly continued fighting.

Parker, 20, eventually was pepper sprayed and restrained, Patterson said.

The deputy — a nine-year veteran — was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Parker, of the 9300 block of South Kenwood, was transported to Saint Anthony Hospital for evaluation, Patterson said.