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UPDATE: Search is over for escaped inmate

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James Gallaher escaped from custody on Monday. Call 911 if you see him. James Gallaher escaped from custody on Monday. Call 911 if you see him.
LAPWAI, Idaho - James Gallaher, 29, is back in custody after escaping from Nez Perce Tribal Police late Monday afternoon. Gallaher was making his first appearance at the tribal courthouse for an aggravated assault charge he was arrested for this past Saturday. Tribal police say Gallaher is accused of being involved in the shooting of 30-year-old Julian Isaac. 

After the arraignment, an officer was escorting inmates back to the van that would take them back to the jail. Police say Gallaher saw an open door and ran through it. The only officer on the scene, instead of chasing after Gallaher, stayed with the other inmates and called for backup. 


Nez Perce Tribal Chief of Police David Rogers says Gallaher escaped into a residential area behind the courthouse. Police blocked off streets, questioned neighbors and searched the area with K-9 units, but found nothing. It would be more than four hours later and roughly 15 miles away, in Lewiston, where Gallaher was spotted by the FBI. 


On Tuesday morning, the FBI as well as many other agencies tracked Gallaher to a friend's house where he was staying. 


"The FBI, Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office, and the Idaho State Police surrounded the house for about three hours," says Rogers. "But eventually he ended up surrendering himself to the FBI." 


Rogers goes on to say that the next step for tribal police is to increase security at the current courthouse. 


"That building wasn't meant to be secure. Before it was the public safety building, it was a store," says Rogers. 


The tribe plans on building a proper judicial building in the coming years, but in the meantime they'll do what they can. Rogers says they will reconsider prisoner transport security and require high-risk inmates to wear ankle cuffs.


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