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Sheriff defends prisoner-transport procedures

Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian defended Thursday his department’s security procedures for transporting inmates a day after a prisoner slipped out of his restraints at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, gained control of a deputy sheriff’s gun, and shot the officer in the leg.

“This incident further highlights just how unpredictable and dangerous this profession can be,” Koutoujian said at a press conference. “As frightening as this situation was, it could have been much worse, if not for the efforts of these two highly trained and respected officers.”

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