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Sheriff: Prison escapee wounded by homeowner, captured

1 year 8 months 4 days ago February 20, 2015 Feb 20, 2015 Friday, February 20 2015 February 20, 2015 1:03 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WALLACE, ID - Authorities say a prisoner who escaped earlier from the county jail in Wallace, Idaho, has been captured after he was shot and wounded by a homeowner.

A Wallace-area resident encountered 48-year-old Roy Bieluch when he went to check on his barking dog Thursday evening.

The Shoshone County sheriff's office says the resident confronted the stranger, called 911 and ordered the man to stay put. The armed homeowner reportedly fired when Bieluch approached him, and the escapee was hit at least once in the leg.

Sheriff Mitch Alexander said earlier that Bieluch escaped Tuesday night by working his way through a ceiling crawl space in a utility room to reach the jail lobby.

Bieluch had been jailed since December on charges of burglary, malicious injury to property and petty theft.

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