Inmate Shoots Fayette County Deputy at Hospital

police-lightsWEST UNION, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a jail inmate committed suicide after grabbing a gun and shooting a sheriff’s deputy at a Fayette County hospital.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into the shooting, which happened around 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union.

Authorities say the unidentified inmate who was being treated for medical issues attacked the Fayette County deputy when one of his hands was released from handcuffs. A struggle ensued and the inmate was able to grab the deputy’s gun. He held the deputy at gunpoint, demanding to be released.

The deputy used a non-lethal device on the inmate, and the inmate shot the deputy before turning the gun on himself. The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not seriously hurt. The names of the deputy and inmate have not yet been released.

Hospital CEO Steve Stark says the hospital limited access to some areas on Saturday, but no services were interrupted.