MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — After several hours, an escaped inmate has been taken into custody in Rutherford County.
It all unfolded along I-24 West near mile marker 81 by South Church Street just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
According to officials, Christopher John Taylor, 24, was being transported to Bradley County Jail from Benton County when he assaulted the correctional officer driving the vehicle. The officer was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released.
After the preliminary investigation, Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher said the inmate managed to get through the sliding glass window between him and the officer. Once he made it through, he landed on the officer who was still driving.
At that point, the officer tried to use his stun gun but missed the inmate. The inmate then managed to grab the officer’s stun gun.
The officer was able to stop the car, but the struggle between the two spilled out onto the side of the road. A trucker stopped on the side of the road and helped break up the fight.
The inmate then pointed the stun gun at the trucker and officer. As the officer got the trucker out of harm’s way, the inmate took off running from the scene, dropping the stun gun in the process.
Authorities responded to the scene, with crews from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Murfreesboro Police and others joining in on the search.
Officials conducted a grid search in the area between Church Street and New Salem Highway. A helicopter, drones, K9s and manpower were used in the search.
Eventually, Taylor was spotted and taken into custody near the Knights Inn hotel, just off the interstate.
Taylor was in custody for violation of probation for drug charges in Benton County.
He is now also facing charges for escape, felony assault on a law enforcement officer and robbery in Rutherford County. More charges could be added in the coming days.