In what appears to be a pre-meditated operation, the armed men attacked a medical center where the prisoner was transferred to for medical treatment. The men fired at a policeman who was escorting the criminal before fleeing with the prisoner. The policeman was rushed to a hospital with gunshot wounds to his thigh and leg. Local newspapers reported that the policeman’s condition was stable.
The prisoner was sentenced to prison last year on counts of killing a person and injuring others after he opened fire on a crowd in the Eastern Province. He fled the scene and was apprehended later by Riyadh police forces.