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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jefferson County deputy kills inmate trying to escape

The Denver Post

A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy shot and killed an inmate late Tuesday morning after the man attempted to escape from a medical clinic where he had been taken for treatment of an unspecified injury.
The incident occurred in a common hallway on the lower level of a clinic at 660 Golden Ridge Road, which is just a few blocks from the Jefferson County jail.
"I heard some yelling, some cussing, and about two seconds later I heard a gunshot," said Nickie Donnell, who was in a waiting room adjacent to the hallway while her husband underwent knee surgery.
The identities of the inmate and the deputy were not released Tuesday.
According to Golden police Sgt. Ryan Custer, the trouble started shortly before 11:40 a.m. after a deputy took the inmate to Advanced Medical Imagery for treatment. While there, the inmate's handcuffs and shackles were removed, and he attempted to escape down a hallway.
The deputy shot the man, who was taken to St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, where he died.
Golden police did not release other information about the shooting, including whether the inmate had — or insinuated he had — a weapon or made threats.
Custer said investigators would not release information about the man, including the charges on which he had been jailed, until his family had been notified.

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