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KOOTENAI CO. Idaho – An inmate unsuccessfully attempted to escape from Kootenai County Jail on Sunday.

A statement from the sheriff’s office says Jesse Spitzer was able to get out of his locked cell, then tried to use the metal leg of his cell desk to smash windows and doors.

Officers saw him and implemented inmate evacuation protocols, which sent the Sheriff’s Office, Coeur d’Alene Police Department and Idaho State Police to the jail. .

Law enforcement found Spitzer in jail and used spike grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas to arrest him. He then surrendered.

Several inmates were gassed in the process and a deputy sheriff was slightly injured.

Spitzer has been in custody since January. He led authorities on a multi-state manhunt and was eventually arrested in Montana for second-degree robbery, attempted escape, obstructing a law enforcement officer, and possession of stolen property.

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