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Left: Brian Becker; Right: Roy Bieluch Left: Brian Becker; Right: Roy Bieluch
WALLACE, Idaho - After two days on the run an escaped convict from the Shoshone County Jail is back in police custody. But he's not back in jail. He's in a hospital because a nearby homeowner shot him.

Roy Bieluch escaped from jail Tuesday, after climbing through a ceiling duct and out a janitor's closet. He had been in jail on a burglary charge.

The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office searched for him around the clock for two days before finally calling things off. They say it wasn't clear if he was even still in the Wallace, Idaho area.

Then, Thursday night, 38-year-old Wallace homeowner Brian Becker heard something that would change everything: his dog started barking. Becker lives in the Placer Creek area, just south of Wallace. He's a marine and former member of law enforcement. Becker says when he heard his dog Jasmine barking, he grabbed a gun and flashlight, then went to check it out.

Becker says when he went outside, he saw escaped convict Roy Bieluch standing in his yard. "You don't get to pick where violence happens," says Becker. "It happens all over the place. The only thing you can do is be ready if it does. Fortunately tonight, I was fortunate."

He says he told Bieluch to stay put and put his arms up. "He finally says, I'm not going to do it and I says oh yes you are," Becker says. "He stepped toward me and that's when I shot. He went down immediately. I switched gun hands and called 911, then went back, watched him, and they came up. The first officer that showed up, I told him I hadn't searched him yet, so I covered {Bieluch} while he searched because {the deputy} came up single-handed."

Bieluch is now under guard at the Shoshone Medical Center in Kellogg. Becker says he's glad to be the one that found Bieluch. "I'd much rather it be someone with my background that can deal with this and handle it, then some scared single mom or something. So yeah, it's much better this way."

With a dangerous inmate back in custody, Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander says this was the best possible outcome.
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