Travis Shonta Allen, who was in the courthouse making an appearance on traffic charges around 10 a.m., knocked down a guard and escaped from the courthouse, authorities said. The guard suffered minor injuries in the incident, which happened at Tarboro Street near Green Street.
Allen was caught near the corner of Vance and Hill streets at about 1 p.m. He did not put up a fight, according to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities noticed upon his arrest that Allen had no handcuffs or shackles on. There is now an investgation into how that happened. The Department of Correction guard said Allen was properly handcuffed/shackled.
Allen had been in state custody at the Morrison Correctional Facility in Hoffman on drug possession charges and violating probation.
Several agencies were involved in the search, including deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff's Department, at least 10 officers from the Prison Emergency Response Team, two dog units from the Morrison Correctional Facility and other Morrison Correctional Facility officers.
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