GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A deputy shot and killed an inmate trying to escape from a medical facility in Jefferson County Tuesday morning.
The alleged escape attempt happened at the Golden Ridge Medical Center located off Heritage Road in Golden. The inmate was shot inside the facility.
Golden police say the deputy shot the inmate in a common hallway just before noon as the man tried to escape. The inmate was having some medical imaging done at the Golden Ridge Surgery Center when he tried to escape.
Police say the procedure required that his shackles be removed. A police spokesman said he did not know if the inmate tried to escape before or after the procedure.
Nickie Donnell was in a waiting room after her husband had just had surgery when she heard the commotion.
“All of a sudden I heard some yelling in the hallway and a couple of seconds later there was a shot and so we all kind of stood up and said, ‘There’s a shot,’ ” Donnell said. “The receptionist asked us to move back to the back of the room.”
Police said the inmate was the only person injured in the escape attempt and shooting, although they did not say where he was shot.
The inmate died after being taken to a hospital.