Fayette Co. Sheriff statement on incident at W. Union hospital - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Fayette Co. Sheriff statement on incident at W. Union hospital

Posted: Updated:
  • Related StoriesMore>>

  • Inmate shoots deputy at W. Union hospital, then kills self

    Inmate shoots deputy at W. Union hospital, then kills self

    Saturday, August 23 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-08-24 02:53:17 GMT
    The scene outside Palmer Lutheran Health Center on Jefferson Street in West UnionThe scene outside Palmer Lutheran Health Center on Jefferson Street in West Union
    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says an inmate who was supposed to receive treatment for medical issues, instead tried to escape from custody.  They say he shot the deputy then turned the gun on himself.
    More >>
    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says an inmate who was supposed to receive treatment for medical issues, instead tried to escape from custody.  They say he shot the deputy then turned the gun on himself.

    More >>
WEST UNION (KWWL) -

From Fayette Co. Sheriff Marty Fisher:

 

On 8/23/2014 at 8:30 A.M. a Fayette County Deputy was at Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union with a Fayette County Jail Inmate who was being treated for medical issues. During his treatment the deputy released one of the inmate's hands from hand cuffs and the inmate attacked the deputy and a struggle took place. The inmate managed to take and secure the deputy's firearm and held the deputy at gun point, wanting to be further released to attempt an escape. The deputy then deployed a non-lethal device at the inmate. The inmate then shot the deputy. The inmate then took the firearm and inflicted a gunshot to himself.

The deputy is being treated at Palmer for a gunshot wound to his abdomen, the deputy was wearing a bullet proof vest at the time. The deputy was treated and released from his injuries. The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The sheriff's Office has turned this investigation over to the Division of Criminal Investigations.

Assisting at the scene was the West Union Police Department and the County Medical Examiner.

Palmer Hospital has limited entrance to some areas, however still have full services and entrance in the Emergency room if needed.

Names of the deputy and inmate will be released at a later date and after a full investigation and notification is completed.

Powered by Frankly