Inmate, Accomplice Caught After Brazen Prison Escape, Authorities Say

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Idaho law enforcement announced Thursday they have caught a prison escapee and his accomplice gunman after a day of searching, ABC News reported.

The two suspects, Skylar Meade and Nicholas Umphenour, were taken into custody following a car chase, ABC noted.

Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) officers were transporting Skylar Meade, a prison inmate, to a hospital for treatment when Umphenour, who was armed with a gun, allegedly attacked the officers, Boise authorities said in a press statement. (RELATED: Handcuffed Car Theft Suspect Escaped Custody, Philadelphia Police Say)

Umphenour allegedly shot two officers, and one Boise police officer shot another correctional officer in the confusion, the press statement read.  Umphenour and Meade then allegedly got in “a grey four-door sedan” and fled the scene, authorities noted.

The Boise Police Department posted photos of the “escaped IDOC inmate Skylar Meade” and of the alleged getaway vehicle on Twitter.

The department also tweeted an updated photo of the inmate.

“This brazen, violent, and apparently coordinated attack on Idaho Department of Corrections personnel, to facilitate an escape of a dangerous inmate, was carried out right in front of the Emergency Department, where people come for medical help, often in the direst circumstances,” Boise police chief Ron Winegar said in the press statement. ” I am grateful this harrowing incident did not result in loss of life, and we are monitoring the wounded IDOC officers with great hope for a full and speedy recovery of all involved,” he added. The police chief claimed that both suspects were “armed, dangerous, and” willing to use violence.

All three wounded officers are now in stable condition, the IDOC noted in their own press statement. Meade was previously convicted on charges of assault and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime, the press statement read.