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Durham Inmate Shot In Head During Escape From Hospital

Posted August 8, 2003 5:51 a.m. EDT

— A Durham County jail inmate was critically injured Thursday when police said he was shot by a security guard as he tried to escape from a hospital.

According to Durham police, Vincent Sigona, 35, was being treated for stomach pains at Durham Regional Hospital when he tried to escape from his detention officer.

"The shackles were off, and he saw an opportunity to run, and that's what he did," Durham police spokesman Norman Blake said.

Sigona was chased out into the hospital parking lot, where police said he carjacked a hospital employee's car.

Detectives said Sigona drove 30 feet before a hospital security guard shot him in the head. Signona crashed the car into a utility pole.

Authorities said Sigona was in jail on larceny charges.

Sigona was transported to Duke Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.

The incident did not affect normal operations at Durham Regional Hospital; however, people living nearby said neighbors have always worried about an inmate escaping.

"I'm surprised and shocked," Don Pendergraft said about Thursday's incident.