The alleged killer of an Edgewood teen was attacked by several inmates shortly after his arrival at the Harford County Detention Center’s maximum security wing on Sunday, authorities said.
Michael S. Jones Jr., 18, of Edgewood, was attacked by several prisoners Sunday afternoon in the day room of the maximum security unit. He was arrested Sunday on charges of first and second degree murder, first degree assault, and use of a handgun in a violent crime for the shooting death of Shakir D. Wingate, 16, of Edgewood.
Corrections officers broke up the fight after approximately four minutes, according to Monica Worrell, public information officer for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Jones was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where doctors diagnosed him with a detached retina and a possible fractured skull. He was transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and returned to the Detention Center early Monday. He is currently being held in isolation.
Worrell said Tuesday that Jones was not identified by the sheriff’s office as a gang member or gang affiliate. Jones did not identify his attackers and “could not provide investigators with any reason he thought he was attacked,” Worrell said in an e-mail. The sheriff’s office was in the process of identifying his attackers, and charges are pending.
When Jones was initially incarcerated at the detention center, Worrell said he underwent a standard classification process to determine in which unit he would be housed. During that process, she said he “did not address that he had a problem with anyone incarcerated at the detention center,” did not fear any other inmates, and was not a member of a gang.
However, Worrell said that results of a preliminary investigation have led the sheriff’s office to believe that Jones and his attackers may have had prior knowledge of each other before the incident.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Jones was arrested Sunday at his home, a short distance from where Wingate was found shot multiple times in his vehicle Saturday night.
The two youths were familiar, Worrell said, and while both “ran in rough circles,” the killing did not appear to be connected to any gang affiliation.
“These two young men were known to each other,” Worrell said. “They may have had beef with each other…that’s what we’re circling in on right now.”