The story of a daring inmate escape that ultimately led to the shooting of Metro Police Sgt. Mark Chesnut all began at a doctor's office in Mississippi. more>>
GREENWOOD, Miss. - Police said the events that led to the shooting of Metro Police Sgt. Mark Chesnut started with a prison escape in Greenwood, Miss. NewsChannel 5's Nick Beres traveled to Greenwood to show exactly how it all unfolded.
The escape plot all depended on 30-year-old Joseph Jackson getting on a van and leaving the Delta Correctional Facility in Greenwood, and on the morning of June 25 - he did just that.
Jackson, who was serving a life sentence, was transported by a van a couple miles down the road to The Eye Station for an eye exam.
At that very moment Jackson's cousin Courtney Logan checked out of the Golden Coach Inn in Greenwood and parked just across the street from The Eye Station. Logan waited and watched for his time to act.
"Well, I feel like it was a well thought-out plan between the two. They evidently had contact with each other," said Henry Purnell, Greenwood Police chief.
Greenwood police said it was entirely possible that someone from inside the correctional facility leaked confidential information - the time and the date of Jackson's eye appointment.
"Someone had to give him information that knew about it," Purnell said.
Purnell also said that when the van arrived caring Jackson, Logan charged into The Eye Station with a 9 mm pistol to free his cousin.
"They intended to hurt someone. I feel they intended to hurt anybody who got in their way," Purnell said.
Once inside, Logan fired two rounds into the ceiling and yelled at everyone to hit the floor. At that point, Jackson and Logan escaped in a black Dodge Magnum.
Police said the pair vanished on back country roads and then took Interstate 40 all the way into Tennessee. Purnell said he regretted that the cousins made it to Nashville, and then the police chief called Sgt. Mark Chesnut a hero.
"Our heart and our prayers go out for him everyday from the Greenwood Police Department. We hope that he gets better," Purnell said.
Now there's much more to what actually happened inside the The Eye Station during the daring escape. There were bullet holes in the ceiling and a gun pointed at innocent people.
The staff inside the office went face to face with the fugitive, and they spoke exclusively to News Channel 5's Nick Beres. Hear their amazing story tonight at 6 p.m.