Escaped inmate captured in La Grange

Christopher Claxton (Source: KY DOC)
Christopher Claxton (Source: KY DOC)
Blanket stolen by Claxton to stay warm
Blanket stolen by Claxton to stay warm

LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) – An inmate who escaped from a La Grange hospital armed with a corrections officer's gun has been captured.

According to Kentucky State Police in Campbellsburg, Christopher Claxton was captured by La Grange Police on Button Lane in La Grange around 8 a.m. Thursday. He was taken to the Oldham County Jail.

Trooper Brad Arterburn said a La Grange Police Department officer repsonded to a run about a pickup truck that appeared to have been broken into. According to authorities, that officer found Claxton in a nearby wooded area wrapped in a blanket he had stolen from the truck.

Claxton escaped from Baptist Hospital Northeast just before 10 p.m. Wednesday wearing only boxer shorts and socks. The corrections officer Claxton overpowered was not injured.

Kentucky State Police, Oldham County Police, La Grange Police and officers from the Kentucky Department of Corrections swarmed the area overnight and into Thursday morning using K9s and helicopters to search for Claxton. Police urged people near the hospital to lock their doors and remain inside.

Oldham County Schools made robocalls to parents Thursday morning, urging them to remain with their children at bus stops and report any suspicious activity. Oldham County Schools were put on lockdown while the search for Claxton continued.

In an interview with WAVE 3's John Boel, Chris Roty, president of Baptist Hospital Northeast, said that proper procedure in handling a prisoner was not followed by the corrections officer.

According to Roty, hospital staff had finished their treatment of Claxton and were in the process of discharging him when he made his escape. Roty said Claxton was not handcuffed and because his hands were free, Claxton was able to grab the gun from the officer's holster as she was unshackling his legs.

Roty tells us Claxton waived the gun at the officer and hospital employees, but no shots were fired inside the hospital. Roty called it the most serious incident in the 25 years history of the hospital which treats patients from KSR.

Clayton was serving time for robbery and burglary convictions. He was sentenced in 2007 to 20 years in prison. KSP said Claxton has a history of assaulting a police officer and impersonating a police officer.

Claxton was charged with forcing his way into a home in 1998. He was also charged in 1999 for escaping from the Whitley County Jail. Those charges were dismissed.

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