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Escaped Oldham County inmate shoots himself after chase in Indianapolis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An inmate that escaped from an Oldham County work detail last month has been hospitalized after shooting himself in the parking lot of a middle school in Indianapolis.

According to a news release from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana State Police were called to assist U.S. Marshals trying to stop a stolen car driven by 47-year-old John Foster around 8:15 a.m.  

Police had been looking for Foster since Sept. 2, when he escaped from a work detail and stole an Oldham County vehicle

The news release states that Foster stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Perry Meridian Middle School. Police say they saw Foster handling a gun inside the vehicle. Police say he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger as he got out of the vehicle. Foster was taken to the hospital where he's listed in critical condition. 

A reserve IMPD Officer who works at Perry Meridian Middle School fired his weapon during this incident. His name was not immediately released. 

Perry Meridian High School and Perry Meridian Middle School were locked down out of an abundance of caution. Homicide detectives and Crime Lab personnel are processing the scene and expect to lift the lockdown prior to school dismissal. 

Foster had an outstanding warrant in Kentucky, so if he survives, he will eventually be extradited back to Kentucky. 

He was serving a 5-year sentence at the Oldham County jail for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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