Kemper Sheriff James Moore explains inmate chase, capture

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SCOOBA, Miss. (WTOK) - It was Terry Pierce Jr. that escaped the Noxubee County Community Work Center in Macon and led authorities on a wild high-speed chase down Highway 45.

In cellphone video captured at the end of the chase, multiple gunshots can be heard as the truck goes in reverse.

"Force was used to disable the vehicle. Shots were fired into the tires, the engine and the radiator," Kemper County Sheriff James Moore says.

There are new details in how the 29-year-old was said to have escaped that work center.

"It is my understanding that he pushed through a back door and went under a fence," Moore says.

It is Moore’s understanding that pierce assaulted and attempted to carjack a woman in the parking lot, but was unsuccessful.

"That vehicle had a baby inside of it. He was yelling at her to get the baby out of the car. She was moving to slow, according to the Noxubee County Sheriff, he assaulted her,"

Moore says speeds reaches well over 100mph. He also says authorities were aware that Pierce not only stole the truck he was driving, but also had a gun.

"The gentleman that owned that truck works security up there therefore, there was a firearm in the vehicle," Moore says.

Law enforcement personnel from five agencies took part in the chase. Three squad cars from the Kemper County Sheriff's Department were damaged. One of the deputies was checked out at a local hospital.

"We do not want to bring any injuries to any citizens of our county or any that are passing through. If you say it was too much, I say it was just enough to bring it to an end," Moore says.

This is the fourth time an inmate has escaped the Noxubee County Community Work Center since October. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.