ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A St. Tammany Parish sheriff's employee was fired and arrested Tuesday for hitting an inmate, according to Sheriff Jack Strain.
Timothy Hooker, 29, faces one charge of simple battery in the Nov. 27 incident.
Strain said an Hooker hit the inmate with a closed fist as the inmate was being removed from a service area for failing to follow meal service procedures. The inmate, who was not seriously injured, was checked by jail medical personnel and cleared to return to his housing unit, Strain said.
After learning about the altercation, the Sheriff's Office placed Hooker on administrative leave and began an internal investigation into the matter. During the course of that investigation, the case was referred to the Major Crimes unit. A separate criminal investigation was then initiated between Covington Police and the Sheriff's Office. The findings of that investigation resulted in Hooker's arrest.