MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A prisoner escaped from a hospital room with the help of a friend on Thursday, then killed her and shot himself to death after a gunfight with a deputy at a nearby parking lot, authorities said.
Willie James Bosket, 45, was being held on a first-degree sexual assault charge at the Milwaukee County Jail but had been taken to Froedtert Memorial Hospital late Wednesday, complaining of internal bleeding, said Jeff Aiken, a spokesman for the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services.
The woman, dressed in a dark wig and a nurse’s uniform, entered the hospital room Thursday and pulled a gun on a woman deputy guarding the prisoner, said Sgt. John Filipowicz. She freed Bosket, who had been handcuffed to the bed, and the deputy was gagged and locked in the bathroom.
The woman was not identified pending notification of relatives.
After the deputy waited ″a suitable amount of time for safety reasons,″ she rang for assistance, using a signal button ordinarily used for patient emergencies, said Aiken. Her alarm alerted other deputies who patrol Milwaukee County’s medical complex adjoining the hospital.
The couple reached the parking lot outside the hospital, but were confronted by a deputy, said Filipowicz. Bosket fired several times, a gun in each hand, at the deputy, who fired back twice, he said.
″After shots were fired at the deputy, the suspects then went down between parked cars and two shots were heard,″ he said.
Moments later the two were found dead. The deputy was unhurt, but there ″was some damage to cars,″ Aiken said.
Both victims apparently died instantly of gunshot wounds to the head, Aiken added. The county medical examiner ″considered it to be a murder-suicide,″ he said.
Filipowicz said two .38-caliber pistols were taken from Bosket. One was apparently carried into the room by the unidentified woman, and the other taken from the woman deputy.
Bosketwas being held in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a court appearance on a charge of first-degree sexual assault, Aiken said. Police said the man had described the woman in jail documents as simply a companion living at his address. He said she was about 35.