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Officer Killed When Prisoner Tries to Flee Police Station

February 20, 1993

BOSTON (AP) _ A prisoner being escorted to the telephone by two officers bolted and in the ensuing scuffle shot one of the officers dead, authorities said.

Terrell Muhammad, 30, was being escorted without restraints from a holding area to the station-house phone Friday when he tried to escape, said police spokesman Vin Loporchio.

One of the two officers, Thomas Rose, managed to tackle Muhammad, police said. But in the struggle that followed, Muhammad got hold of Rose’s 9mm pistol and shot Rose twice, in the arm and the abdomen, police said.

Rose, 42, died in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Police Commissioner Francis Roache said.

Officer Patrick Russell, 61, was bitten on the left arm in the struggle and was treated at the hospital. A third officer, who wasn’t identified, was treated and released after suffering heart palpitations, Loporchio said.

Muhammad, who was recaptured, had been arrested earlier in the day on larceny and malicious destruction of property charges.

He pleaded innocent Friday night to charges of murder and assault and was ordered held on $1 million bond.

Prisoners aren’t required to be handcuffed when escorted to use a telephone near the lockup, Loporchio said. However, the procedure now may be reviewed, he said.

″It’s very rare that someone would attempt to flee while accompanied by two police officers and in a police station,″ Loporchio said.

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