Shots rang out at high noon Wednesday when a Middlesex County inmate shot a Deputy Sheriff in the leg at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Police said two Middlesex County deputy sheriff's were removing the prisoner's handcuffs so he could be treated at the infirmary when he grabbed one of the officer's gun. The two men fell to the ground, a round was fired, and the sheriff suffered a shot to the leg.
"He began to struggle for the gun. It was a fight," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told reporters at the scene. [embedgallery id=194906]
The second sheriff opened fire on the suspect, and shot him in the chest.
"He's received a serious gun shot wound, and is in what we believe to be critical condition," Davis said. Both men were taken to Boston Medical Center to be treated for their injuries.
The emergency room was put on temporary lockdown, and was reopened around 1:30 p.m.
There was no update on the prisoner's condition Wednesday, but Suffolk County District Attorney Spokesman Jake Wark said that the deputy sheriff is expected to survive his injury.
“The inmate is more seriously injured and while I don’t have specific information on his condition he is not expected to be arraigned (Wednesday),” Wark said in an email.
The inmate's name would not be released, Wark said, until it was clear he would survive his injuries.
Bystander Peter Miller said he saw the ordeal unfold before his eyes.
“There is no where safe you can go anymore,” he said.