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Va. inmate tries to grab deputy's gun, escape custody

Editor’s Note --  PoliceOne commends this deputy on prevailing during a disarming attempt that occurred during an escape attempt. He fought and won against an inmate who was trying to kill him.

But what can we learn? "Prisoner transports are always dangerous" says P1 expert Gary Klugiewicz. "Although it is not clear from this news article, it seems reasonable to assume that this prisoner was not restrained, or if he was restrained then the restraint had been taken off -- WHY?"

There are different types of both hard and soft restraints that can be used to allow only enough movement for a task like using the bathroom, which can be accomplished by freeing only one hand while keeping the legs restraints on.

"Many escape attempts happen during bathroom breaks," says Gary. "This was a dangerous inmate. There were two deputies on this hospital run.  Where was the other deputy?  Contact/cover can only work when one officer is covering the other officer. It doesn't matter that one of the deputies was a female. You lose much of your right to privacy when you are incarcerated. The fact that one deputy was fending off both a physical assault and a disarming attempt would indicated that the inmate was not properly restrained and that the second deputy was not in a position to immediate assist the first deputy. Remember officers need to maintain the position of advantage at all time." 

By Matthew Roy
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA.)

NORFOLK , Va. — An inmate's attempt to grab a deputy's gun and escape Wednesday morning could have ended differently. The deputy managed to eject the magazine during a struggle, and when the inmate tried to shoot him, it didn't fire.

That's according to police and sheriff's department staff. The incident prompted a lock down at a medical building at 400 W. Brambleton Ave. that ended when the man surrendered, authorities said. The deputy had minor injuries.

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