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UPDATE: Shooting at West Union Hospital
WEST UNION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- New details are being released as to what happened Saturday morning at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union when one deputy was shot and an inmate later killed.
It happened at 8:30 AM Saturday when a Fayette County Jail inmate was brought to the hospital for treatment of unspecified medical issues. During treatment, a deputy released one of the inmate's hands from handcuffs. After that, the inmate attacked the deputy and a struggle took place.
The inmate then took the deputy's firearm and held the deputy at gun point while wanting to be further released to attempt an escape. The deputy then deployed a non-lethal device at the inmate who then shot the deputy.
The inmate then turned the gun on himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deputy was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time and was treated at the same hospital for a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The deputy has since been released.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office has turned further investigation over to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The identity of the deputy and inmate will be released following an investigation.
Palmer Lutheran Health Center has limited access to some areas but all services are fully functional, including the Emergency Room.