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COPY-Officials uncertain how fatal medical center shooting happened

Associated Press - June 25, 2007 4:33 PM ET

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Corrections officials in Utah say they still don't know exactly how a prison inmate was able to steal a gun from a corrections officer and fatally shoot him in the head at a university hospital.

The director of the Utah Department of Corrections says the inmate was taken to the orthopedic center for an MRI. He says that procedure requires an officer to replace metal restraints with a plastic "flex cuff."

The officer has been identified as Stephen Anderson, a 22-year department employee.

Authorities say Curtis Allgier fled the scene on foot, carjacked a Ford Explorer and was captured later at an Arby's restaurant.

His criminal record includes burglary, forgery and at least one weapons crime.

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