- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 20, 2002

A Prince George's County inmate was shot early yesterday afternoon by a corrections officer after jumping out of a third-story bathroom window of a medical building in Temple Hills, officials said.
When Anhtuan Phu Pham, 34, of College Park landed, he broke his wrist, got up and continued fleeing before one of two corrections officers shot him from the bathroom window, said Vicki Duncan, a county corrections spokeswoman.
A Maryland State Police helicopter took Pham to Prince George's Hospital in Cheverly around 1 p.m. He was in stable condition before undergoing surgery to extract the bullets, Ms. Duncan said.
Pham has been held without bond since April 27 pending his Aug. 28 trial on charges that include firearm possession by a felon, use of a firearm during drug trafficking, drug possession and resisting arrest, Ms. Duncan said.
Yesterday afternoon, Pham who was classified as an escape risk at the maximum-security jail in Upper Marlboro was taken to an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor in the 3600 block of Branch Avenue.
Because he was an escape risk, two officers were assigned to transport him. He was handcuffed, shackled with leg irons and restrained by a waist chain, she said.
The handcuffs and the waist chain probably were removed when he went into a third-floor restroom in the building where the doctor's office is located, she said.
During a struggle with the officers in the bathroom, Pham gained control over one officer's pepper foam, Ms. Duncan said. One of the officers left the bathroom.
Pham jumped out the window and began running.The officer in the bathroom shot at him three times from the broken window, she said.
Officials said two bullets struck him in the shoulder and back. The second guard raced down the stairs, out the building and caught him.
Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave with full pay while the Department of Corrections and Prince George's County Police Department investigate the incident.


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