A Wyandotte County inmate, in jail for violent offenses, overtook a deputy Wednesday and authorities are still trying to determine how.
Video cameras from a business across the street captured the fleeing inmate in only his boxers and orange socks running from the court annex.
"He probably thought he had nothing to lose," Lt. Kelli Bailiff said. "We are not releasing his name or information about him at this time."
Bailiff said the inmate had just finished up in court and was waiting inside a holding area to be taken back to jail when he slammed a female deputy into a wall. He stripped down from his jumpsuit and took off in nothing but his boxers and a pair of orange socks. She said he might have escaped when the deputy either tried to remove the handcuffs or put them back on.
"He did injure her. She has no major injuries, but obvious injuries to her face and head and across the body," Bailiff said.
Deputies use many different types of restraints depending on the inmate and what's needed for court - some restraints are used on their legs and some restraints that people can't even see.
"Sometimes three or four at one time. They (the inmates) are actually handcuffed to each other. We cannot put leg chains because, if one were to fall, they would fall one after the other," Bailiff said.
Bailiff added that it's common for only one deputy to transport up to four inmates at a time.
"Is that the best practice? No. Safest? No. Are we going to review that practice? Probably so," she said.
There are usually three deputies with 10 to 15 inmates. But, according to deputies, the process isn't practical with as many court cases scheduled in a day to have only one deputy per inmate.
Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies shut down about six streets in the area of Sixth Street and Ann Avenue while they searched for the inmate. He was captured in the same area about five minutes after his initial escape.
The female deputy was released from the hospital and is recovering.
During the chase another officer was hurt climbing a fence after the suspect. The officer suffered a deep cut to his arm.
The inmate was in court on two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. He is now facing additional charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer.
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