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From left, Thomas Utah McDonald, Dustin Logan Ensley and Larry Wade Stanley Jr.

LINCOLNTON – Three inmates carried out what Sheriff Bill Beam called a “savage” attack on officers at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center over the weekend.

At about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, inmate Larry Wade Stanley Jr. “was acting unruly and refused to go back to his cell,” according to a sheriff’s office press release. As detention officers moved Stanley to his cell, inmates Thomas McDonald and Dustin Ensley reportedly attacked them from behind.

Four officers were transported to Atrium Health-Lincoln by detention staff. One officer was diagnosed with a concussion and another required stitches, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Lincolnton Police Department were dispatched to the detention center, but officers had regained control and taken inmates to their cells.

Stanley, 43, of Lincolnton, was charged with felony attempted first-degree murder, assault by strangulation, four felony counts of assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer and conspiracy. He is being held without bond.

Thomas Utah McDonald, 24, of Denver, and Dustin Logan Ensley, 29, of Lincolnton, were charged with four felony counts of assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer and conspiracy. They were given $100,000 secured bonds.

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