A suspect in a shooting last week escaped by police Friday while he was being taken to jail, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities are looking for Deqwon Mykel Blackmon, 23 of 5908 Henderson Rd. Lancaster, escaped from custody at around 4 p.m. Friday, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The sheriff’s office says he was arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with an Aug. 23 shooting on Hwy. 9 Bypass.
Blackmon escaped at around 4 p.m. Friday while deputies were escorting him into the Sallyport Detention Center, fleeing into nearby woods.
:00 pm a prisoner that was en route to the Lancaster County Detention Center escaped from custody.
“Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, K-9 tracking team, Officers from the City Police Dept., Agents from the State Law Enforcement, and helicopter were called to the area to begin an extensive search,” the release states.
Blackmon was unarmed at the time of his escape but should be considered dangerous, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information regarding Blackmon’s whereabouts to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-3388 or contact Crimestopper’s at 1-888-Crime SC (1-888-274-6372) or midlandscrimestoppers.com.