A convicted murderer could face new charges in connection with his short-lived attempted dash for freedom Thursday that resulted in two police officers being treated at local hospitals.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is also reviewing procedures after Tyrice Halliburton, 30, bolted from the Elkhart Circuit courtroom after being convicted of the 2008 murder of Sheena Kiska in Bristol.
The incident began around 6 p.m. in the Goshen courthouse. As Halliburton was being escorted from the courtroom by police, he ran and struck corrections officer Don Cramer, knocking him into a door, said Sean Holmes, undersheriff for the department.
Cramer suffered a minor laceration to his arm.
Halliburton exited through the doorway and headed down a stairway with officers in pursuit.
One of the officers, Mark Cuzzocrea, fell down and was injured when his shoulder apparently flexed in and out of socket, Holmes said.
Halliburton was found in a lower-level room and surrendered without incident after officers arrived, Holmes said.
A third officer, Cpl. Greg Brown, suffered chest pains after the incident and was admitted to a local hospital, where he remained overnight. Brown was released Friday morning, Holmes said.
Cuzzocrea was also treated at a hospital and released.
Reports will be prepared on the attempted escape and an earlier incident Thursday in which Halliburton allegedly kicked and damaged a courtroom door.
Police had requested Halliburton be restrained for the remaining court procedures after he was heard to say, “...I’m about ready to bug the f--- out” and damaged the courtroom door.
However, Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker declined that request after asking Halliburton if he could behave himself for the rest of the trial. “Yes,” Halliburton responded.
Halliburton had just heard a jury’s verdict that he receive a life sentence in prison without parole when he decided to make a run for it around 6 p.m.
“People are unpredictable when they having nothing to lose,” Holmes said.
Holmes said other security precautions in the courthouse worked properly and helped ensure Halliburton did not leave the building, but he declined to go into detail.
Holmes said the department has already reviewed the incident. No disciplinary action is expected, but additional training is being planned, he said.
“There’s some training issues that we’re dealing with internally,” Holmes said. “They shouldn’t have been surprised by (what happened).”
Inmates are normally shackled when being transported to and from the courthouse, Holmes said.
Under normal circumstances, Halliburton would have been escorted out of the courtroom to a side room where he would have been shackled and then transported back to the jail, Holmes said.
Halliburton is scheduled to be sentenced May 17.