Prisoner assaults officers after handcuffs are removed in hospital

Dwayne Walker
Dwayne Walker (Philadelphia Police Department)
Posted: February 19, 2014

PHILADELPHIA A suspect taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital grabbed for a police officer's gun after his handcuffs were removed for a medical procedure Monday night, police said.

Dwayne Walker, 38, of the Tioga section of the city, was in custody in connection with the stabbing Saturday of a 15-year-old boy when he was taken to the hospital, police said.

Walker had sustained "a severe laceration" to his hand, police said, but it was unclear when or how.

Two officers stationed in his room around 12:30 a.m. Monday removed his handcuffs so hospital staff could conduct testing, police said

Once his handcuffs were removed, Walker stood, yelled that he wasn't going back to jail, and tried to grab the gun of one of the officers, police said.

He continued to struggle with officers outside the hospital room, police said, then ran down the hallway, taking his clothes off.

More officers arrived and managed to corner Walker, who was still refusing to listen to their commands, police said.

Eventually, one of the officers used a Taser, knocking Walker to the ground. Two officers were taken to Temple University Hospital with head injuries.

Police said Walker was originally taken to the hospital Saturday morning after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed in an eye on the 1700 block of West Erie Avenue.

The boy's family identified Walker as the assailant. When police found Walker, they said, he was bleeding from his right hand.

The boy was taken to Temple, where he received stitches in his right eye, nose, and forehead. He had also been stabbed in the left shoulder and hand.

Walker was charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, simple assault, and related offenses in connection with the stabbing.

In connection with the incident at the hospital, he was charged with disarming law enforcement officers, escape, and resisting arrest.

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