WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A Wichita County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer is charged with violating the civil rights of an inmate in March of 2020.
Lt. Ian Mcmurtrie was indicted on November 5, 2020, and booked into Wichita County jail on November 9, and his bond is set at $1,500.
The indictment alleges that on March 13, 2020, while working in the jail division, Mcmurtrie denied an inmate’s right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment by forcing his fingers into the inmate’s nostrils.
According to court records, the inmate was charged with resisting arrest and trying to take a weapon from an officer on the same date as Mcmurtrie’s alleged violation occurred.
Affidavits state the inmate grabbed an officer’s taser and pointed it at an officer and also at hospital security.
A separate officer then fired his taser at the suspect but the suspect continued struggling and was eventually subdued by several officers.
Four counts of aggravated assault against a public servant were also filed, but later dismissed.
The incident happened in the booking area of the jail where Hanson was in segregation.
Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said Hanson was creating a disturbance and McMurtrie responded.
Duke said the incident was recorded and because the abuse was so clear, McMurtrie was quickly placed on suspension and then retired within days.
For some of his 20 years with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, Duke said McMurtruie was in the Compliance Division which ensures the jail stays in compliance with state standards of conditions and treatment.
“Such clear cases of improper actions cannot be tolerated,” Duke said.