A manhunt began after three Idaho corrections officers were ambushed and shot while carrying an inmate out of the medical center.

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By journalsofus.com

Three correctional officers were ambushed and shot early Wednesday while carrying an inmate to prison from a medical facility in Boise, Idaho, officials said. The inmate and the shooter are believed to have escaped together, leading to a chase.

Idaho Department of Corrections officers transported inmate Skylar Meade to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Tuesday night, the city of Boise said in a news release. As they prepared to leave with Meade at 2:15 a.m. local time, an unknown suspect attacked and shot at the officers, wounding two of them.

A third person, later determined to be a corrections officer, was shot by responding Boise police officers.

Boise police detectives on Wednesday afternoon identified the suspect in the shooting as Nicholas Umphenour.

“A preliminary investigation indicates that Meade and the shooting suspect got into a gray four-door sedan and fled the area just before Boise Police officers arrived,” the news release said.

One officer shot by Umphenour is in critical but stable condition, while the second officer shot by Umphenour has serious but non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The third officer injured by police gunfire suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Meade engaged in “self-injurious” behavior Tuesday night, after which officers determined he needed to be moved off-site for care, Josh Tewalt, director of the state Department of Corrections, said at a news conference Wednesday.

An updated photo of suspect Skylar Meade.

Boise Police Department

“We believe it was a coordinated attack or an ambush … to free him from custody,” Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar said, adding that they have received dozens of tips.

The hospital was closed while police searched for the suspects. A search is currently underway in the Treasure Valley to find Umphenour and Meade, 31, who is a documented member of the white supremacist gang Aryan Knights and has multiple prior convictions, according to Winegar.

Meade had been incarcerated since October 2016 for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with an enhanced firearm. His most recent sentence would end in 2036, according to a news release.

The shooting suspect, Nicholas Umphenour.

Boise Police Department

Meade, who has a series of distinctive tattoos on his face and body, is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, authorities said.

Detectives described Umphenour as 5 feet 11 inches and about 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Umphenour. The warrant has a bond of $2 million.

The vehicle in which the suspects escaped is believed to be a gray 2020 Honda Civic with license plate 2TDF43U. Both men are considered armed and dangerous, and residents are advised not to approach them and to call 911 or Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790.

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