Washington County, Ore. – A Washington County deputy who was attacked by an inmate is now speaking out. Deputy Daniel Guzman had to fight off Hayden Davis, who was in jail at the time for breaking into a Beaverton home.
Guzman tells Newspartner KGW he had just started an overtime shift. The inmates were enjoying some free time when Davis suddenly lunged at him.
Another inmate did intervene, grabbing Davis and throwing him to the ground. Yesterday, a judge sentenced him to more than six years in prison for his role in the fight, as well as the original crime that put him in jail in the first place.
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On September 17, 2019, Hayden Landry Davis pleaded guilty to assaulting a public safety officer. On September 19, 2019, a Washington County jury found Mr. Davis guilty of first-degree attempted burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. As a result of these convictions, Judge Andrew Erwin determined Mr. Davis violated the terms of his probation he was serving for previous convictions. On September 25, 2019, Mr. Davis was sentenced to a combined 74 months in prison by Judge Erwin. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jason Ring.
On February 20, 2019, a Beaverton resident was home with his young child when he heard someone ring his doorbell twice. He didn’t answer the door. Moments later he heard a loud crashing sound. He ran to the back door and observed Mr. Davis attempting to break in to his home. Mr. Davis used a hammer to smash out a sliding glass door and was prepared to make entry when the resident scared him off.
Mr. Davis injured himself in the act of this attempted burglary and left DNA evidence at the scene. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Beaverton Police Department, responded quickly and located Mr. Davis not far from the initial scene. He was wearing the same clothing described by the victim and was bleeding from a cut to his hand.
Mr. Davis initially denied the allegations but later admitted to breaking the door. He also told police where he hid the hammer used in the attempted burglary and officers were able to recover the item.
On March 31, 2019, while lodged in the Washington County Jail for his crimes, Mr. Davis also attacked a jail deputy. Mr. Davis was lodged in pod four of the facility, which allows for a certain amount of recreational time for inmates. During this time, inmates are able to roam an open area freely.
Video evidence of the incident shows Mr. Davis approach the jail deputy from behind as he was assisting another inmate. Mr. Davis then launched an unprovoked attack, striking the deputy several times in the face. The deputy fought back in self-defense, and with the help of other inmates, subdued Mr. Davis. The deputy sustained minor injuries as a result of the attack.
In addition to his prison time, Judge Erwin also recommended Mr. Davis pursue mental health and substance abuse programs while incarcerated. Judge Erwin also ordered Mr. Davis pay $571 in restitution to his victims and barred him from having any contact with them. Judge Erwin also imposed a total of $500 in fines and ordered that Mr. Davis undergo two years of post-prison supervision upon his release.
Mr. Davis will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.