Louisiana authorities seek for inmate who pepper-sprayed deputy, escaped throughout transport from hospital

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On this picture taken from a video information convention, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto offers updates on an inmate who escaped whereas being transported from a Louisiana hospital.


A manhunt is underway for a Louisiana inmate who pepper-sprayed a deputy and escaped whereas being taken again to jail after remedy at a New Orleans-area hospital, authorities mentioned.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’­s Workplace

This handout picture with textual content added by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’­s Workplace reveals inmate Leon Ruffin.

Ruffin “had some kind of seizure in the present day, our medical division ended up transporting” him to the hospital, Lopinto mentioned.

At about 6:40 p.m., he was discharged from Ochsner Medical Middle in suburban Gretna and put into the again of a patrol automobile to be taken again to the correctional facility, in line with a information launch from the sheriff’s workplace.

Because the deputy was driving “across the again portion of the hospital, I don’t know precisely what occurred however he created some kind of disturbance,” mentioned the sheriff. The “deputy bought out of the automotive, when she opened up the door…he pepper-sprayed her,” he mentioned.

The deputy fired her service weapon at Ruffin at the least as soon as and it’s unknown if he was struck, in line with the information launch.

Ruffin then stole the deputy’s automobile, in line with the information launch. Round 9:20 p.m., the unoccupied automobile was situated in close by Algiers.

It’s unclear how Ruffin bought the pepper spray, the sheriff mentioned, including the deputy nonetheless had her pepper spray on her. The deputy was handled for the pepper spray publicity on the similar hospital, he mentioned.

State police and FBI have been knowledgeable and are helping with the search.

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