Lauderdale County woman describes finding escaped inmate in her home

Updated: Apr. 17, 2017 at 8:15 PM CDT
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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - An alleged attempted cop-killer is back behind bars in the Shoals.

Christopher Kilpatrick was on the run for a week after escaping the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

READ MORE: Escaped Lauderdale County inmate taken into custody following standoff

Dozens of officers surrounded a home off Highway 157 for most of Saturday.

WAFF 48 News spoke exclusively to the family who lives there and had no idea that a fugitive was hiding out.

Kilpatrick was awaiting trial without bond for allegedly trying to kill a Florence Police officer. He now faces escape and theft

"I was hoping something wasn't going to happen inside my house to anybody," said Laura.

Officers closed in on Kilpatrick while Laura was at work. She got home to find her place surrounded.

"They kept telling him 'Chris, come out. We aren't going away. Come out,. Kick the door three times and we'll let you out peacefully or whatever," Laura said.

Laura who didn't want WAFF 48 News to use her last name. She said she feels violated, especially since Kilpatrick took a six-pack of beer into her granddaughter's room and ripped up towels to wipe his sweat.

"He was in my room, bedroom, and had a bottle of vodka and my container of ice cream that he was eating and left it halfway full still. It was very intrusive, very intrusive," she said.

While Laura doesn't understand why he picked her house, she knows how he got inside.

"My bad that I left the door unlocked when I went to work. Believe me, I won't do it again," she said.

Sheriff Rick Singleton said he's adding more razor wire and specially custom-designed locks to the plumbing chase to prevent another escape.

"I will tell you right now, they will tear those locks up, but hopefully, by having four on there, we will catch it before they can actually get the chase door open and get out," Singleton said.

Kilpatrick did not return to the same cell.

Singleton said that while the fugitive is captured, the overall jail security problem isn't over.

"We have put band-aid after band-Aid after Band-Aid to try to fix it, but the solution is really to just go ahead and build a new facility," he said.

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