GARY, Ind. (CBS) – Authorities on Friday were searching for an inmate who escaped from Gary’s police headquarters.
Officers were moving Jamal Haskins, 21, from court to a van to take him to jail when he broke out of his handcuffs. Two officers were hurt in the scuffle.
A judge had ordered Haskins to get treatment at a mental health facility.
Gary Police Sgt. Jarrett Bridgeman, who was injured in the struggle, says Haskins just started punching his way to freedom after somehow getting out of his restraints.
“I don’t know when he came out of those handcuffs,” Bridgeman, who had a cast on his leg, tells CBS 2’s Pamela Jones.
A couple of thoughts raced through his mind: the safety of other prisoners and two fellow officers and making it home to see his family.
There’s now a search around the jail. Police officers from a special task force are involved.
Gary police say Haskins should be considered dangerous.