A Middlesex deputy has been shot Wednesday at a hospital emergency room after a prisoner grabbed his gun.
The incident took place just before noon at the Emergency Room at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and involved a prisoner who was being transported to the hospital for care.
The incident resulted in the entire hospital department to close down for the next six hours.
The prisoner was reportedly being transported to the hospital by a Middlesex County deputy sheriff and a correctional officer when the attack took place.
Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis has told reporters, "Inside the emergency room, as the handcuffs were being taken off the suspect, he began to struggle for a gun. There was a fight…. The two individuals fell to the floor and a round was fired."
One witness who saw the prisoner fighting with the correctional officer and Middlesex deputy described: "I heard them trying to control somebody first and then I heard shouting and then I heard the gunshots. It was at least four to six."
According to reports, the Middlesex deputy was shot in the leg, and the correctional officer then allegedly shot the prisoner in the chest.
The prisoner, Raymond K. Wallace, was given emergency care and has been listed in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian said, "I have spoken to the two deputies involved and their families and I am grateful that they are both safe and being well cared for after this traumatic incident. The Middlesex Sheriff's Office will work with Boston Police as they conduct their investigation into this matter."
The public has been reassured that there is no longer any risk at the hospital, and investigators are continuing their work.
Here is a video news report into the incident: