VIDEO: Cuffed Prisoner Shoots Georgia Officer During Transport

A DeKalb, Ga., police officer was shot while transporting a prisoner, but was in stable condition Friday as police continued to investigate how the officer lost his gun to the handcuffed prisoner, reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

The shooting happened Thursday night when Detective Phil Cristy, a 25-year veteran, was escorting prisoner Miguel Benton, a 19-year-old who had been arrested on armed robbery charges, from magistrate court.

Benton somehow got Christy’s .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol and shot the officer in the thigh and the wrist before Christy’s partner, Detective Eddie Stubbs, shot and killed the prisoner, said Cedric Alexander, the county public safety director.

Alexander stressed the shooting was still under investigation and provided scant details but promised the department would be fully transparent about how the episode occurred.

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