Columbia man charged with punching detention officers

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A Columbia inmate has been charged with punching a detention officer who was attempting to bring him a lunch tray.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 33-year-old Kelsey James was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree assault and misdemeanor property damage.

Court documents say James was jailed on a charge of domestic assault when he punched the detention officer while lunch was being served Tuesday afternoon in the Boone County Jail. The officer’s injuries required several stitches. James also is accused of punching another officer who came to help.

No attorney is listed for James in online court records. He is being held without the possibility of bond. Court records say he poses a danger to the victim and community and is a flight risk.