Inmate laid to rest after fatal altercation with Wake County guard
County officials said Shon Demetrius McClain, 40, of Apex, died Monday from injuries he sustained when Markeith Council struck him on the head on June 4.
APEX, N.C. -
An Apex man was laid to rest today after he died
from injuries he sustained during an altercation with a Wake County detention
County officials said Shon Demetrius McClain, 40, of Apex,
died Monday from injuries he sustained when Markeith Council struck him on the
head on June 4.
McClain had been on life support at WakeMed
Hospital since the incident. Council was treated for minor injuries and
"Why did it have to happen like this?," asked
McClain's friend, Dorothy Easton. "We understand it could've been his time, but
it's just the way that it happened that not only his family is bothered by but
people who knew Shon are truly bothered by."
The State Bureau of Investigation is
investigating whether the detention officer's actions were warranted. The
detention officer is on administrative duties pending the outcome of the
There is surveillance video of the incident, but
until the investigation is complete it will remain confidential.
Once the SBI completes its investigation,
investigators will turn it over to the district attorney's office, and the da
will decide whether Council will be charged with a crime.
McClain was serving time for a misdemeanor charge and
failing to appear on drug paraphernalia charges.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety,
since the late ‘90s, McClain's convictions include possession of stolen
goods, breaking and entering, larceny, indecent liberty with a child, failing
to register as a sex offender, and obstructing justice.
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