Two armed men wearing hospital masks overpowered two prison guards and helped a third man escape custody from Hamilton General Hospital today.
Police alerts were issued throughout the GTA following the morning escape from the hospital at Victoria Ave. and Barton St. at around 11:30 a.m.
Police identified the escaped prisoner as Fawad Nouri, 24, a man who was shot by Hamilton Police in January following an armed robbery of a Tim Hortons on Stone Church Rd. and Upper James St.
Six years ago, Nouri was accused of pointing a sawed-off shotgun at a Toronto Police officer and reaching for her gun following an armed robbery at a flea market.
The prisoner was taken to the hospital for undisclosed care by two guards who were overpowered by two men armed with handguns. Police said the suspects wore green surgical masks during the break-out.
Police said the two guards were escorting Nouri out of the hospital when they were knocked to the ground.
The trio then fled in the correctional services van, hitting an ambulance while fleeing the parking lot.
The van was later found at Victoria and Birge St., about a block away. The men then drove away in a silver-coloured Hyundai Tiburon.
Police also said they may also have a scanner capable of monitoring police calls.