A police officer took a bullet and an army helicopter joined in on the seven-hour manhunt.

By Aaron Wherry

A Kentucky inmate is on the run after a seven-hour rescue effort with the assistance of the FBI.

The group included four National Guard soldiers and four U.S. Marshals after an inmate they were caring for escaped on the evening of Aug. 26 in Abingdon.

According to the police report, “The suspect initially fought with two officers and then ran to the Missouri River.” The first officer was then able to throw a tarp over the man and lower him down the river. But the second officer began taking fire, according to the report.

The escapee eventually made it to Minnesota Avenue.

The federal agencies, which included the FBI, began to look for the escapee on Wednesday night in the Memphis, Md., area, but were ultimately located and participated in a search by the US Marshals, the National Guard and a local SWAT team in the evening of Aug. 27.

Both officers involved suffered injuries, and each received medical treatment.

UPDATE 12:50 a.m. ET: An update posted on the FBI’s special agent’s page said, “Officers with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Maryland State Police, the St. Louis County, MO, Police Department, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, the St. Louis County Police, the Chesapeake Police Department, the Maryland State Police, and the Tennessee National Guard responded to assist in the search for the escaped prisoner. The inmate’s location remains unknown and continues to be under investigation.”

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