Inmate saves guard from attack by fellow prisoner

STILLWATER, Okla. — An Oklahoma inmate didn’t hesitate to step in and help when he saw a guard under attack by a fellow prisoner.

Surveillance video shows Tashka Robert Frank Maret, 24, throw a punch at a jailer at the Payne County Jail. Then, Maret picked up the guard and threw him to the ground.

KOCO reports the jailer called for backup and continued to fight with the inmate. About 15 seconds into the fight, another prisoner, Robert Charles Hammock, stepped in and grabbed Maret from behind.

Hammock was waiting to be processed out.

Officials told KOCO  fewer officers are on staff because of budget cuts.

“It does make it a little more dangerous for the people,” said Capt. Kevin Woodward with the Payne County Sheriff’s Office.

Maret is facing a charge of assault on a police officer in addition to public intoxication and petit larceny charges.