SANTA ANA – The Huntington Beach man accused of killing eight people at a Seal Beach beauty salon had to be pepper-sprayed and restrained when he became disruptive in the Theo Lacy Facility jail, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.
Scott Evans Dekraai became angry Saturday and threw things at protective windows inside the jail, Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said when asked about the incident.
A team of deputies armed with shields fired pepper balls and forcibly took Dekraai from his one-man cell, Amormino said. Dekraai charged at the deputies, who wrestled him to the ground, Amormino added.
Dekraai was transferred to the medical ward of the Intake and Release Center in the main jail in Santa Ana for a mental evaluation, Amormino said.
Neither Dekraai nor the deputies were injured in the midafternoon scuffle, Amormino added.
“It appears he was unhappy about being segregated from the other inmates,” Amormino said. “He wanted to be in the general population.”
But Dekraai is kept isolated from other inmates for his own protection, Amormino said.
Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, Dekraai’s defense attorney, said he learned of the confrontation Saturday but was not allowed by the Sheriff’s Department to talk with his client over the weekend because of issues surrounding Dekraai’s mental health.
Sanders also said he was concerned whether law enforcement leaked news of the incident to the Orange County Register, and he was concerned that the Sheriff’s Department discussed the situation with a reporter, particularly in light of Dekraai’s mental-health status.
Dekraai, 44, is charged with gunning down eight people Oct. 12, 2011, at Salon Meritage, including his ex-wife, hairdresser Michelle Fournier, in Orange County’s deadliest mass shooting. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted of multiple murders at his trial, set for later this year.
He was indicted on eight counts of murder in January 2012. He has pleaded not guilty.
By LARRY WELBORN/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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