Prisoner Escapes from Hospital

Maryland police say an inmate who escaped from a hospital is back in custody.

Police say Kelvin Poke escaped from Laurel Regional Hospital Wednesday morning with a guard's gun, stole a car and drove off after shooting the driver in the head.

The stolen car has since been found in nearby Washington, D.C., and police say another vehicle was carjacked nearby.

Police say Poke overpowered several corrections guards at the hospital in Laurel and took two guns from them, apparently leaving one weapon behind. They say Poke briefly held a hospital employee hostage as he fled the building.

Police say once Poke was outside, he stole a Toyota Camry after shooting out the car's window. The bullet struck the driver in the head, but the driver was not seriously injured.

Three schools near the hospital were placed on lockdown, while the police say the hospital itself is still operational.

Police say Poke was captured in Maryland following a confrontation with Prince George's County police.

A county police spokesman says officers spotted a white Ford Explorer with two flat tires and followed the vehicle into a cemetery, where shots were fired.

The extent of the suspect's injuries is not clear. Poke had been serving a life prison term for kidnapping and other crimes.


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