Inmate tries to escape, subdued by officers

Pedro Morales allegedly stabbed a woman and police officer before that officer shot him.
He was treated at the hospital and booked into jail; now he's facing more charges after he tried to escape.
Morales was being taken to a doctors appointment Thursday when he tried to grab a detention officer's gun, and he was subdued.
"In my mind I was thinking I'm not letting go of this weapon, it goes as far as it has to go, I'm not letting go of it, and I'm going to go home," said Detention Officer Anita Collins.
Collins went hand to hand with Morales after he tried to escape while they were dropping him off at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital for a doctors appointment.
"He was on this side right here, and as soon as he reached for my weapon I put my hand here, and both of his hands were on top of mine trying to pull my weapon out of the holster... as he's holding onto my weapon I turn to my partner and say he has my weapon, and at that point she already had her weapon drawn. He says all right, all right, and he goes down to the ground on his own," said Collins.
Morales was handcuffed in front of his body, and he was unable to draw the pistol from Collins' holster. He was re-handcuffed behind his back where they put him back into the van and transported him to the 4th Avenue Jail.
"I'm glad that myself and my partner is ok, and we're both going home safe, and also that the inmate didn't have to be shot," said Collins.
She credits her instinct and training for keeping Morales behind bars.
"These inmates are capable of anything, you don't know," she said.
Morales is already facing numerous charges including murder, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. Now he will likely face even more charges for his attempted escape.
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