Suspects injure 3 Flagler deputies in separate incidents

'We will not tolerate abuse of our deputies,' sheriff says


FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The Flagler County sheriff is warning residents that resisting arrest will not be tolerated after suspects injured three deputies in separate incidents over the weekend, according to a news release.

Two of the three incidents were reported at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Facility.

The first was reported Friday afternoon when an inmate became combative while deputies were trying to remove him from his cell, authorities said.

Detention Sgt. Manuel Sa suffered injuries to his right wrist and forearm when the inmate dropped to the ground and landed on Sa's arm, deputies said.

Sa has been placed on light duty and the inmate is charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and assault on a law enforcement officer, according to the release.

The second incident was reported around 3 a.m. Sunday, also at the inmate facility. Deputies were trying to book Stephen Notice, 32, into the jail when Notice bit Detention Deputy Jonathan Vitale on the finger so hard that he drew blood, officials said. 

Notice is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer on top of the trespassing charge that originally brought him the jail.

A third deputy was injured while responding to a domestic violence call around 8:45 p.m. Sunday. Axel Ortega, 23, hid in the bushes and then ran from deputies when they ordered him to approach with his hands up, according to the charging affidavit.

Deputy Daniel Parthemore hurt his arm, hip and back when he fell on the pavement while trying to apprehend Ortega. Parthemore was treated for his injuries and Ortega is charged with resisting arrest without violence.

Along with news of the incidents, Sheriff Rick Staly issued a stern warning for anyone who injures a law enforcement officer.

“We will not tolerate abuse of our deputies in the course of doing their jobs,” Staly said. “If you injure our deputies, you will go to jail or have charges added. There’s plenty of room at the Green-Roof Inn. And rest assured, we will urge the state attorney to prosecute you to the full extent of the law. Every deputy knows there are risks while serving our community. We want to bring awareness, in addition to our training, to minimize those risks.”

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