Lauderdale inmate charged with trying to kill officer escapes

Published: Apr. 9, 2017 at 12:05 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 10, 2017 at 2:43 PM CDT
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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - An inmate awaiting trial for the attempted murder of a police officer is on the run after escaping from the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

Christopher Wayne Kilpatrick was last seen on Seminary Street around 9:22 p.m. Saturday night.

Kilpatrick was indicted in December of 2016 after allegedly pulling a gun on responding officers in August.

Sheriff Rick Singleton said Kilpatrick was seen on video about 9:14 p.m. Saturday night jumping off the roof over the fence to escape and this is something police have seen an inmate recently try and attempt.

Kilpatrick made his escape in a stolen 2003 maroon Chrysler Town and Country van according to the Florence Police Department.

The Alabama tag number is 41BM961.

The vehicle has guard rail damage to the passenger side and a sticker on the back of the van.

The Sheriff said three weeks ago a Florence Police officer spotted an inmate on the roof and officers apprehended him before he got off the roof.

"The damage that was done for this inmate to get on the roof was repaired, but Mr. Kilpatrick was able to go through that process and able to get out the same way," Singleton said.

The Sheriff said in the last six months there's been one attempt and two escapes from the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Singleton said inmates in the past have been able to jimmy the locks and get into other cells or the attic.

He believes the jail's design is the problem and plans to work with county commissioners to resolve the issue.
“We are looking at different options of things we can do to hopefully prevent that in the future and the maintenance department is constantly making repairs,” Singleton explained.

As for Kilpatrick, investigators believe he has broken into cars in Florence since escaping, but don't know exactly what all was taken. 

Kilpatrick is 6 feet tall and weighs about 160 pounds and has green eyes and brown hair. Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department believes he's no longer in Lauderdale County but heading south of the Tennessee River.

"Our fear is that with the run-ins that we've had with Kilpatrick in the past that this could turn violent quickly and none of us want that," Potts added.

Kilpatrick is considered to be armed and dangerous.

"Anybody with that mindset that has attempted to shoot a police officer, we consider armed and dangerous at this point we have nothing to say that he is armed but we have to suspect that he is armed at this point," said Lauderdale County Investigator Brad Potts.

Contact police immediately if you have any information on Kilpatrick's location.

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