Police: Prisoner Shot Trying to Escape

Police were transporting the prisoner to a bond hearing

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012  |  Updated 7:33 PM CDT
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Police: Prisoner Shot Trying to Escape

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Illinois State Police investigate an inmate who was shot trying to escape from Elgin Police while being transported to a bond hearing.

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Elgin police shot a prisoner trying to escape from a patrol car as he was being driven to a Rolling Meadows courthouse Saturday morning.

Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said the man had been arrested Friday on warrants of resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding police. After being held overnight in the city jail, an officer had put him into a police car Saturday morning to drive him to a bond court hearing at the Cook County Courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

Theriault saidthe car was traveling along Route 53 near Algonquin Road when the prisoner kicked out one of the car’s windows and then escaped from the car. The officer then shot him.

The prisoner was taken by ambulance to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The man’s identity and condition has not been released, but Theriault said the man’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

He said the officer, whose name also was not released, was taken to a hospital to be examined but did not appear to be injured.

Theriault said Illinois State Police will investigate the incident.

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