A man facing attempted murder charges for opening fire on two Mobile Police officers added to his troubles after trying to escape police custody at a local hospital on Wednesday.
According to authorities, 47-year-old Ernest M. Marks attempted to escape while receiving medical treatment for injuries he sustained during a firefight with MPD officers Aug. 21.Police say as they were responding to a domestic violence call on Heidi Street last Friday, Marks opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun. Officers returned fire, striking Marks in the chest and left arm.
Charged with two counts of attempted murder, Marks was kept in custody at a local hospital for five days until his attempted escape on Wednesday. No details about that escape attempt have been released, and authorities have yet to specify which hospital Marks was being treated at.
Lagniappe can confirm Marks has since been released from the hospital, and police say he was transported to the MPD headquarters for questioning before being booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail Wednesday night.
According to jail records, Marks’ only previous criminal charges in Mobile County are for menacing and harassment — both of which occurred more than a decade ago.