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Inmate Causes Damage At Wilson County Jail

Posted November 29, 2002

— An inmate at the Wilson County jail caused a commotion after he tried to escape.

Deputies say 45-year-old Calvin Pittman forced his way out of his isolation cell Friday morning when a guard was bringing his breakfast.

"She opened up the door to let the tray in. The prisoner, at that point, overpowered the female," said Capt. John Farmer, of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said Pittman went across the hall and into the kitchen, looking for a way to escape. Authorities said Pittman tried to grab a knife from a kitchen table, but it was locked onto the table. Authorities also said he threw a pot at officials, hitting a window.

After about 90 minutes, deputies fired a beanbag gun, hitting Pittman five times. Officials said none of the guards or kitchen staff were injured in the incident.

Officials said Pittman caused more than $1,500 in damage.

Pittman, whose hand was injured in the incident, was taken to Central Prison in Raleigh. Pittman had been in jail on charges of kidnapping and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

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