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JPSO deputy shoots at escaped inmate inside hospital

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A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy opened fire on an escaped inmate, inside University Medical Center Sunday morning. The chase, eventually led outside, where the inmate was captured, thanks in part, to a passerby.

“The last thing on your mind when you're coming to visit a loved one in the hospital is violence, that you're not safe,” New Orleans resident Faith Jones said.

People showing up to University Medical Center Sunday morning were greeted with crime scene tape and evidence markers. Police say a man identified as 26-year-old Domonique Battle, a Jefferson Parish inmate being treated for ingestion of heroin, escaped custody.

NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison explains, “At some point in the morning, he escaped from the room and was pursued by the deputy who was guarding him. That pursuit went into a stairwell where a struggle ensued between the prisoner and the deputy. The deputy fired one shot in the stairwell.”

Harrison says Battle wasn't hit and continued running, making his way to Canal Street.

“That pursuit continued outside to the sidewalk where at some point the subject as he was trying to make good on his escape, entered a citizen's vehicle. The deputy fired again,” Harrison said.

A passerby saw Battle, in his prison jumpsuit and called 911.

Harrison explains, “An NOPD officer who was close by, entered the area, actually apprehended the subject without incident at Miro and North Galvez.”

Police found Battle had somehow acquired the deputy's taser during the struggle and chase. Despite his arrest, the entire ordeal is unsettling for the people who have to frequent this hospital and their family members.

Tanya Hughes says, “My mother in law, she comes in and out, her son's in ICU and I would hate to hear anything that happened to her coming here, that’s not good.”

The NOPD's force investigation team, under the public integrity bureau, is in charge of this investigation. Harrison says neither the deputy nor Domonique Battle were injured.

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