The prisoner accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary last week was arraigned in his hospital bed at Massachusetts General Hospital this afternoon and ordered held on $1 million cash bail.
Raymond Wallace, 36, of Marblehead, was charged with escape from a penal institution, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and carrying a firearm without a license. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.
During the arraignment, Wallace was propped up in his hospital bed, with his bed sheets pulled up to his neck. He had bruises around both eyes and a medical tube protruding from his nose. Wallace did not speak or open his eyes during the six-minute court proceeding.
Last Wednesday, Wallace was transported from the Middlesex jail in Cambridge to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to be treated for an injury he sustained at the jail, prosecutors said. As Wallace was being escorted out of the hospital, he asked to use the bathroom, and was brought back into the emergency room waiting area to use the facilities, officials said.
“The deputies brought him back inside, unrestrained his wrists, and stood outside the bathroom door while Mr. Wallace was inside. The leg chains were still on Mr. Wallace when he entered the bathroom,” Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum said.
Wallace then burst out of the bathroom and tried to flee the hospital, officials said.
“Mr. Wallace was able to free himself from his leg restraints, exit the bathroom, and move toward the emergency room exit, pushing one of the deputies against the wall in the process,” Feigenbaum said.
Outside the bathroom, Wallace “engaged in a violent assault on the deputy sheriffs,” gained control of one deputy’s gun, and shot him in the leg, according to a police report.
The second deputy took his service weapon out of its holster and repeatedly told Wallace to drop the gun, Feigenbaum said. When Wallace did not, the deputy fired his gun three times, hitting Wallace at least once in the chest.
Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian said the wounded officer, 13-year department veteran Jonathan Persson, was released from the hospital Friday and is resting at home with his family.
No one else was hurt during the burst of gunfire, which led to the closing of Mass. Eye and Ear’s emergency room for six hours while authorities collected evidence, officials said.
Wallace was being held at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge on armed robbery charges when he was brought to the downtown Boston medical facility by the two armed Middlesex deputy sheriffs.
Wallace had been shot by police before. In 2001, authorities said, he was shot multiple times by officers after he tried to break into the Pizzi Farm Stand in Waltham. At the time, Wallace was masked, had two loaded firearms, and tried to wrest an officer’s gun away, the Globe reported.