Update, Saturday 11:25 a.m.: Police in Bartlesville identified the man shot by officers as 25-year-old Tyler Scott Thomas Rollins. A news release indicates that Rollins is listed in what has been described as stable condition at a Tulsa hospital.
A Florida Department of Corrections inmate hit a corrections officer with a shovel before stealing his truck and crashing it in Lake County Thursday afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
OCSO deputies received a call reporting an escape shortly before 1 p.m. and responded to the intersection of North John Young Parkway and State Road 408, a spokesperson said.
An OCSO helicopter spotted the marked Department of Corrections vehicle and tracked it from a distance until it crashed in Lake County, according to OCSO.
The inmate crashed near County Road 470 and County Road 48 in Okahumpka, where he was apprehended by officers with the Leesburg Police Department, agency spokesman Lt. Joe Iozzi said.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. FHP’s Lt. Kim Montes said the inmate ran a red light, hit an SUV and caused a four-car crash near the intersection. Nobody was injured in the crash, she said.
FHP officers arrived at the scene of the crash just before 3 p.m., according to the agency’s live traffic condition report. The crash is listed as blocking traffic in the area.
The corrections officer whose vehicle was stolen suffered minor injuries, but he is expected to make a full recovery, according to OCSO.
The FDC could not immediately be reached for comment.
This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.
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