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Escaped inmate captured

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

Police have captured a prison escapee who took off while being treated at a hospital.

Late Wednesday, police said Claxton overpowered a corrections officer in a LaGrange hospital and stole a handgun.

Police caught Christopher Claxton, 32, at 8 a.m. Thursday in a warehouse on Button Lane in LaGrange. . The warehouse where he was captured is approximately two miles from the hospital.

“Our number one focus during this entire operation was public safety and the quick apprehension of this inmate,” said DOC Deputy Commissioner Jim Erwin. “Our roving and stationary patrols established a very tight perimeter around the area and I believe they were successful. This was a joint operation with local and state police and the Department of Corrections. We want to thank everyone for their hard work and their quick response.”

Claxton is back in the custody of the Department, and has been returned to the Kentucky State Reformatory. He will face additional charges in connection with this incident.

He was already serving a 20-year sentence from Adair, McCreary, Pulaski and Russell counties on two counts of kidnapping, three counts of robbery, four counts of burglary, unlawful imprisonment, impersonating a peace officer, seven counts of theft by unlawful taking, and two counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon.


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