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Friday, September 16, 2005

Inmate Shot Inside Grady Hospital

The Common Voice, SC

ATLANTA -- 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, identified as Wesley Mansfield, 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 and chief executive officer.

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.

Mansfield, 21, was admitted to Grady with a gunshot wound and was under guard. He was believed to be in stable condition, authorities 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.

Authorities said Mansfield was being questioned about allegedly stealing drugs when he attacked the deputy.

A special holding cell, examining room and triage center exists inside Grady solely for the purpose of treating prison inmates who need medical attention.


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