Police in Lafayette, Indiana are searching for an escaped inmate, accused of stealing a sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car.
Tippecanoe County Sheriff Deputy Jennifer Thompson was in the process of transporting inmate, Marcus Alan Bramlett from the hospital back to the jail on Friday when the incident occurred.
“The inmate [Bramlett] had been complaining about being sick, so the hospital staff was screening to see if anything was truly wrong,” Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard stated. “The deputy was taking him back to lock up and that’s when the altercation happened in the vehicle.”
“It appears he hit her,” he stated, and when Thompson exited the squad car, “he took it.” Richard added.
According to Sheriff Richard, Thompson fired on shot through the patrol car window.
Thompson was injured in the altercation and was taken to the hospital, and has since been released. The squad car was also recovered, but Bramlett, 25, still remains at-large, according to the department.
He is considered armed and dangerous, according to the Sheriff’s department. He was originally arrested on Tuesday for resisting arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.