Admitted Emanuel AME shooter Dylann Roof attacked in jail shower

FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. A South Carolina prosecutor said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, that she will seek the death penalty for Roof, who is charged with killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston. Roof also faces federal charges including hate crimes. Prosecutors in that case have not said if they will pursue the death penalty. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — An inmate at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center ran from his cell and down stairs to attack the white man charged with killing nine people in what police said was a racially motivated shooting at a Charleston church.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, just before 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 4 while Dylan Roof was in the process of preparing for a shower, he was physically assaulted by Dwayne Stafford.

Officials say the incident was unprovoked and was broken up by a detention officer.

The suspect is Dwayne Marion Stafford, 26, of Goose Creek. Stafford was jailed in January for a strong armed robbery and 1st degree assault and battery. Initially we were told Stafford would face an assault and battery charge but Roof informed detectives through his attorney that he will not pursue any criminal charges against Stafford.

Roof faces dozens of charges, including hate crimes, in the murders of nine people on June 17, 2015 during a bible study at Mother Emanuel. Roof’s federal death penalty trial is scheduled to begin November 7. Jury selection in his state trial begins in January.

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