AMITE, LA - September 1, 2018 - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
An investigation into a fight between a jailer and an offender of the parish jail which occurred on August 20, 2018, was recently completed by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Department.
The jailer, 34-year old Charles Grimes III of Ponchatoula and the offender, 30-year-old Christopher Brewer of Kentwood, were both interviewed as a result. It was determined the Brewer invited Grimes to a one one fight between the two and Grimes accepted the invitation.
Brewer told detectives he told Grimes, “why can’t we f@$# off somewhere, fight, and really fight where nobody can press charges or write us up?” Brewer described Grimes as a “good dude” and said, “I shouldn’t have provoked him”. He later says the two apologized to each other and it was over.
During Grimes’ interview he acknowledged he acted unprofessionally and shouldn’t have allowed Brewer to provoke him to the point where he would accept an invitation to fight.
As a result of Grimes’ poor decision, he is no longer employed with TPSO. Neither individual was injured in the brief encounter and both refused to file any criminal charges.
The investigative material will be forwarded to the District Attorney who through the Grand Jury, has the power to indict either party if he feels a crime he is willing to prosecute exits.