Georgia Deputy Shoots Inmate at Hospital
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Fulton County sheriff's deputy shot an inmate who scuffled with another deputy at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta Tuesday night, authorities said.
The inmate tried to overpower a deputy who was guarding the prisoner during a visit to the hospital and another deputy came in, saw what was happening and shot the inmate, sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Nikita Hightower said.
''The prisoner was able to take the gun from the guard's holster, but a second guard then shot the prisoner,'' said Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, Grady's president.
Hightower said she did not know how many times the inmate was shot or the nature of the wounds but said it was not a fatal wound. The prisoner, identified as Wesley Mansfield, 21, was admitted to Grady with a gunshot wound and was under guard, believed to be in stable condition, she said.
The identities of the deputies were not immediately released.
Inmates are being escorted in and out of Grady hospital frequently, and the Sheriff's Department has a station near the emergency room, Hightower said. She did not know why Mansfield was taken to the hospital initially but said he had been jailed on charges of loitering and prowling, obstruction of an officer and possession of marijuana.
Guarding of inmates outside the jail has been a sensitive issue in Fulton County since a courthouse shooting in March that claimed the life of a judge, a court employee and a deputy. Rape suspect Brian Nichols has been charged in the courthouse shooting and also is accused of the shooting death of a federal agent north of downtown Atlanta after he escaped.