No charges have yet been laid against the wanted man who was captured by police last week, though the officials say he remains under police watch at the hospital.
Anson “Ghost man” Farrell was shot in the leg during the operation to apprehend him.
Sergeant Frankie Thomas says Farrell being taken alive is the best outcome.
“It is not the police’s intention to go out there and have people shot or killed and these sort of things. This is not the function of the police, and I just want us to understand that that clearly was not the prime purpose and function of the police. Very often persons are of the view, and people in the public would want to put a twist on things and it is my function to let you know these things are not the function and the method of operation of the police,” he said.
Police spokesman Sergeant Frankie Thomas speaking on State radio.
He says Farrell, who is wanted on gun related and other serious offenses, is in a stable condition at Mount St John’s medical centre.
Last June, triple murder convict Avie Howell was killed as police tried to recapture him.
Later in November, another escaped prisoner, Trevor Jacobs Jr, was shot during his apprehension, he later succumbed to his injuries.