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NOPD: JPSO deputies open fire on prisoner escaping UMC

NOPD squad cars surround the area where JPSO deputies opened fire on a prisoner escaping UMC. (Fox 8 photo) NOPD squad cars surround the area where JPSO deputies opened fire on a prisoner escaping UMC. (Fox 8 photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Jefferson parish Sheriff's Office deputies opened fire on a prisoner escaping from the University Medical Center Sunday morning.

According to NOPD, two uniformed JPSO deputies were guarding 25-year-old Dominique Battle inside of the hospital around 8:20 a.m. when the prisoner escaped.

The JPSO deputies chased Battle out of the hospital and down Canal Street at S. Johnson. Detectives say one of the deputies opened fired inside a stairwell in the hospital and outside of the hospital on Canal Street. As of Sunday afternoon, the deputy has only been identified as a female JPSO deputy.

The original report stated that Battle was unarmed during the chase, but new information shows he stole struggled with one of the deputies and stole their TASER as he escaped according to NOPD.

Officers received a call soon after Battle's escape saying that he was trying to steal someone's vehicle at the corner of Miro and Iberville. Officers arrested him there and discovered the stolen TASER in that area.

Battle was in the hospital after ingesting Heroin, according to NOPD. The escaped prisoner is being treated inside UMC again, this time in restraints.

No one was injured during the prisoners escape and the ensuing chase.

Battle will be charged with Escaping Police Custody and Resisting Arrest.

The Independent Police Monitor and the federal consent decree monitors have been notified, according to NOPD.

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