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Charges: Heroin-craving inmate escapes custody in Woodbury, grabs officer’s gun

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A frantic scene on a Woodbury off-ramp involving an inmate attempting to break loose nearly ended in catastrophe last week.

According to court documents, the inmate, a St. Paul man who was being transferred to the Ramsey County workhouse, broke free from a transport van, then removed the gun holster from the pursing sheriff’s deputy.


The high-tension scene occurred Friday, Feb. 21, on the off-ramp at Interstate 494 and Lake Road.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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