A prisoner who escaped from a patrol officer last night at a local hospital was taken back into custody by a K-9 unit a short time later after he was located hiding in a drainage ditch.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 6, 2011, Shreveport Police patrol officers responded to a stolen vehicle call on Fairfield Avenue near Interstate 20. Upon arrival there, officers stopped a Ford Taurus that had been reported stolen back on July 2, 2011 and took the driver into custody without incident. The suspect was transported to the Shreveport City Jail where he was charged with one count of unauthorized use of a movable and the booking procedure was initiated. At some point during that booking procedure, jail officials determined the suspect required medical attention and he was transported to LSUHSC by the arresting officer.
Once inside the hospital, while awaiting treatment, the suspect notified the patrol officer he needed to use the restroom at which time the officer made arrangements for him to do so. As the officer was removing one handcuff, the prisoner was able to break free and ran out of the hospital on foot. The officer pursued the suspect while communicating with responding officers via police radio. A short time later a Shreveport Police K-9 unit found the prisoner hiding in a drainage ditch just north of the 1600 block of Woodrow Street still inside the LSUHSC campus. The suspect refused to surrender or obey the officer’s lawful orders and was subsequently bitten by the police K-9. After being checked out on the scene by the Shreveport Fire Department, he was taken back to LSUHSC for treatment of minor injuries incurred as the result of the dog bite.
The suspect, identified as 25 year old Bruce Morris, initially gave officers a false name and was originally booked in on that alias. Based on information gathered by officers during the pursuit and subsequent capture of Morris, they learned of his true identity. Following his release from LSUHSC, Morris, of the 400 block of Merrick Street in Shreveport, was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count each of unauthorized use of a movable, simple escape, and misrepresentation during booking. Morris also has a warrant outstanding for his arrest through the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.
From Shreveport Police Department