Read and Watch: Escaped Prisoner Killed in Cemetery Shootout

Read and Watch: Escaped Prisoner Killed in Cemetery Shootout

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Jan. 3, 2008 – A Maryland prisoner, who escaped from a Baltimore-area hospital by overpowering four guards and shooting a man and jacking his car, was killed in a shootout with police early Wednesday, CNN reports.

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Kelvin Poke, who was serving life plus 40 years at Jessup Correctional Institution for kidnapping, carjacking and robbery, was at the Laurel Regional Hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Poke, being guarded by two correctional officers – only one of whom was armed, according to Department of Public Safety protocols – was somehow able to overpower them on the hospital's fourth floor. He also got the best of two other correctional officers, who were guarding another inmate at the time, according to a Prince George ’s County Police spokesman.

Poke, believed to be about 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighing more than 200 pounds, was wearing prison-issued jeans and no shirt when he escaped in a blue Toyota , which he obtained after shooting the 51-year-old driver in the head, WUSA TV 9 reports. The driver is in good condition, according to the network.

Poke later abandoned the Toyota and lit it on fire. He then carjacked a white Ford Explorer. He was killed by police during shootout in a D.C. cemetery.

Written by BET-Staff

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