Inmate dead after trying to escape Lincoln County Jail

Inmate dies following escape attempt in Franklin County

LINCOLN COUNTY, TN (WAFF) - Authorities began investigating following an incident at the Lincoln County Jail on Saturday.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) confirms that preliminary information indicated that 50-year-old William Hawk assaulted an officer while trying to escape.

Hawk reportedly refused to comply and began to struggle with officers before becoming unresponsive. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Hawk was previously taken into custody in July after being on the TBI’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list.

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