Illinois State Police released surveillance footage of an inmate who attacked and disarmed a correctional officer in an escape attempt before a shooting occurred inside a Jefferson County Courthouse.
Members of the inmate’s family have been afforded the opportunity to view the video prior to this release, ISP said.
A sheriff’s deputy reportedly shot and injured an inmate at the County Courthouse after the inmate allegedly grabbed another officer’s firearm, ISP said.
At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, ISP’s Division of Criminal Investigation (Zone 7) was requested by the county sheriff’s department to investigate the officer’s shooting of the inmate, according to a news release.
Preliminary information indicates that a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office correctional officer was transporting Fredrick Goss, 55, an inmate, to the courtroom for a jury trial.
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According to ISP, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office correctional officer was taking inmate Fredrick Goss, 55, to the courtroom. While in the sally port of the courthouse, Goss was unhandcuffed, because Goss was not to appear before the jury in restraints. After the handcuffs were removed, Goss was transferred from the transport vehicle into a wheelchair. While in the wheelchair, Goss reportedly grabbed the correctional officer’s sidearm and after a struggle, disarmed the correctional officer. During the continued struggle for the firearm, a round was discharged.
This remains an ongoing investigation conducted by ISP DCI Zone 7 and is under review by the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office.
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