Inmate Grabs Deputy's Gun, Opens Fire Before Shooting Himself At Hospital

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A jail inmate committed suicide after grabbing a gun and shooting a sheriff's deputy at a northeast Iowa hospital Saturday morning.

The inmate, who's name has not been released, attacked the Fayette County Sheriff's Department deputy around 8:30 a.m. at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union when one of his hands was released from handcuffs.

A struggle ensued and the inmate was able to grab the deputy's gun. The deputy used a non-lethal device on the inmate and the inmate shot the deputy before turning the gun on himself. The deputy was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not seriously hurt.

Hospital CEO Steve Stark said the hospital limited access to some areas, but no services were interrupted.

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