Cuts that two inmates received at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center on Monday were "self-inflicted," said Sheriff Logan Marshall.
The sheriff identified the inmates as Terry Jones and Bobby Sturkey, both of whom are being held in the county jail until they can be processed into the Georgia Department of Corrections prison system. Both men had been previously convicted in McDuffie County Superior Court for various criminal offenses.
Mr. Jones was taken to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson where he was treated and released into the custody of the sheriff. He received a cut to his arm and received three stitches.
Mr. Sturkey, who has tried "several times" to harm himself, received more serious type injuries, authorities said. He was taken by ambulance to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta. Mr. Sturkey was expected to be released and brought back to the county jail Monday night.
Sheriff Marshall said there was never a fight between the two men. The inmates used a razor, which was not issued by jail personnel, to inflict the injuries on themselves, the sheriff said.
He said he and others involved in the internal investigation are attempting to find out where the inmates got the razor. The incidents occurred about 11 a.m.
"That's all part of our internal investigation right now," said Sheriff Marshall.
Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson responded to the call but were told the separate incidents would be handled through an internal investigation, said Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the local GBI office.