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Cochran charged with biting a detention officer

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 17:03:48-04

GREAT FALLS — Justin Len Cochran has been charged after he allegedly bit an officer at the Cascade County Detention Center on Tuesday.

Court documents state that Cochran had been taken to the jail earlier in the day, and had been "non-compliant" since he arrived.

While he was detained during the intake process, he had been thrashing around and banging his head on the wall.

Detention officers decided to move Cochran to padded cell, and placed a helmet, spit hood, and handcuffs on him, noting that he remained non-compliant throughout the process.

Over the period of an hour, Cochran began to calm down, at which time officers decided to place the handcuffs on his wrists in front of his body.

When detention officers removed the handcuffs and were in the process of placing them in front of his body, Cochran began to resist.

One officer was behind Cochran attempting to reapply the handcuffs, at which point Cochran bit the officer's right thumb, which caused pain and Ieft teeth marks, according to the charging documents.

Cochran has been charged with assault on a peace officer, a felony.

The jail roster lists Cochran as being a federal inmate.

The court documents state that Cochran has a federal conviction from 2015 for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and convictions for obstructing a peace officer in 2005, assault in 2005, two partner/family members assaults from 2006 and 2009, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs in 2014.