Deputies injured when inmate escapes custody, flees in underwear

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A man with two second-degree murder charges against him escaped from custody in Wyandotte County on Wednesday.

According to Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies, the prisoner was being taken to jail when he overpowered a female deputy, stripped out of his prison jumpsuit and took off running in his underwear.

"He ran down the street and an off-duty Kansas City, Kan., officer working at BPU saw him and started pursuing him," said Wyandotte County Sheriff Lt. Kelli Bailiff. "They then jumped a fence and there was some sort of a struggle, or as he was jumping the fence, that officer suffered a severe laceration to the arm."

The escapee was caught within 15 minutes. The deputy who was overpowered by the escapee was also injured. Authorities believe she may have been thrown against a wall. When she was found she was incoherent. No other word on her condition was immediately available.

Deputies tell FOX 4 that inmates rarely escape from their custody, and that this deputy did nothing wrong.

"When you are so short-handed, you do the very best you can. We have so many people that have to go to court, Baliff said.

Authorities are not releasing the suspects name until prosecutors can file charges against him for this escape attempt.

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