Chester inmate who tried to shoot officer gets 10 years prison

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 25, 2013 

— The Chester County inmate who overpowered a police officer, took his gun, tried to shoot him and then fled from a local hospital, resulting in a countywide manhunt and hospital lockdown last summer, will spend the next decade in prison.

Bradley Aaron Bianco, 21, on Monday pleaded guilty to resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, said Chris Taylor, assistant Sixth Circuit Court solicitor. Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced him to 10 years behind bars.

Last July, Bianco, who had been in jail since June on domestic violence and probation violating charges, asked for treatment for an undisclosed medical issue.

While at the Chester Regional Medical Center, a handcuffed Bianco assaulted a detention center guard and took his gun. Police said Bianco tried to shoot the officer.

The weapon never fired because the gun’s magazine fell out during Bianco’s struggle with the jail guard, Taylor said.

Bianco fled the hospital, resulting in hospital officials ordering a lockdown while county deputies, Chester city police, the York County Sheriff’s Office K9 team and the State Law Enforcement Division, which dispatched a helicopter, searched for Bianco.

He was captured less than two hours later in a wooded area behind the hospital.

The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Bianco is serving his sentence at the state Department of Corrections.

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