The Pine Bluff Commercial reports
that Jefferson Prosecutor Kyle Hunter
has cleared prison guards who shot at and killed an inmate attempting to escape from the Varner Unit April 7.
, 41, serving a life sentence for two murders in Faulkner County (a woman and her eight-month-old son), was shot after he ran from a
prison work detail through a sally port. This set off a round of gunfire that eventually brought him down with a shot to the back.
A guard in a watch tower fired one rifle shot that missed, then lowered the weapon to a guard on the ground who fired two more shots that missed. Wilson continued running to a barn where he tried unsuccessfully to mount a horse. There, he dropped a home-made knife a three-hole punch. He kept running and a shot from a guard brought him down.
Hunter said the shots were justified because the law allows use of deadly force to prevent the escape of someone convicted of a felony. The law does not provide — as it does in some other circumstances — that the person present a danger to others at the time of shooting.