Wash. CO discharges gun during fight with prisoner attempting escape

Inmate awaiting surgery allegedly attempted to escape


The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane County corrections officer fired his gun at Deaconess Hospital early Monday when a prisoner awaiting surgery allegedly attempted to escape, police said.

A prisoner was awaiting surgery around 2 a.m. on the eighth floor of the hospital when he attempted to escape, a news release from the Spokane Police Department said. The corrections officer and the prisoner ended up on the fourth floor where there was an “altercation,” the release said. The officer fired his gun, but the prisoner was not hit. The prisoner was taken back into custody.

The Spokane Police Department is the managing agency in this incident, the release said. Additional information is not expected to be released until next week.

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