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Escaped Oldham County inmate shoots himself in Indianapolis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – An inmate that escaped from Oldham County while on work release over a month ago was captured after shooting himself in Indianapolis.

John William Foster, 47, escaped from a work detail Sept. 2 and stole an Oldham County vehicle.

“He was a state inmate working under a class D program,” Oldham County jailer Mike Simpson said. “It's an inmate work program. This program is not unique to Oldham County, it is all over the state of Kentucky.”

Foster was caught on Monday after a short chase Indianapolis. Simpson said he received a call Monday morning about the chase and has been in contact with police in Indianapolis ever since.

“This is not necessarily uncommon when someone walks away from a job site,’ Simpson said.  “They have a really large percentage of going back to an area they're from.”

Simpson said Foster had long-term ties to the Indianapolis area which led authorities to finding him on Monday.

“We were aware that he was from that area,” Simpson said.  “He had some previous Indiana charges.”

Police say the chase ended when Foster pulled into the parking lot of a middle school and shot himself in the neck. He was taken to a local hospital where he is currently in critical condition.

“This individual did not commit any other crimes,” Simpson says. “There was no one else out there. That's always our number one concern when these situations when an inmate would walk away.”

If Foster survives, he’ll be extradited back to Oldham County where he could face escape charges that could add up to five more years to his current sentence.

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

“This is a good day obviously,” Simpson added. “When these events happen, it brings an awareness to everyone. And we're just very, very glad that this individual is back in custody.”

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