Jackson County

He hid under a stairwell and escaped, but shackles and jail outfit gave him away.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating how an inmate managed to escape Friday, hiding for several hours under a stairwell in the courthouse, then walking out of the building when everyone had left, a news release from Sheriff Mike Ezell says.

Officers caught Eddie Lavell Wilson a short time later, the news release says, after Pascagoula police were notified of a man in a jail uniform and shackles near Market and Convent streets.

Officers arrested Lavell on an escape charge. He had been in Circuit Court on Friday, where he was accused of violating probation. A judge revoked the probation on an aggravated domestic violence charge.

Wilson hid under the stairwell after the court appearance rather than being loaded into a transport van headed for the jail.

According to the release, the sheriff’s department transports about 200 inmates a week to and from Jackson County courts.

“The safety of all persons in the court system is a priority of the sheriff’s department,” the release said.