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A Salt Lake County jail inmate attacked an officer with his own police baton during a medical visit Sunday. Salt Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Shane Manwaring said the inmate had tried to commit suicide, so an officer transported him to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. During the visit, the inmate told the officer he had to go to the bathroom, so the officer removed his handcuffs, Manwaring said. The inmate then grabbed the officer's baton and hit him in the head with it, said Deputy Levi Hughes. He then tried to get the officer's gun. The officer quickly subdued the inmate, Manwaring said. The sheriff's office is expected to request additional charges of aggravated assault and attempted escape be filed against the inmate. Hughes said the inmate was considered only a medium security risk and that his risk for aggressiveness was supposedly low. Because of his classifications, only one guard accompanied the inmate to the hospital.