Jail Abscondee Shot Dead By Arkansas Police Officer

Jail Abscondee Shot Dead By Arkansas Police Officer

Authorities said a escaped inmate was shot to death by an Arkansas policeman after the inmate tussled with another officer who was trying to bring him into custody after he absconded from a northeast Texas jail.

Two inmates were reported missing from the Bowie County jail annex in Texarkana, Texas, which lies 165 miles (266 kilometers) northeast of Dallas.

Using a cinder block wall on the second floor of the facility, the men obtained entry to the facility, then slipped past perimeter fencing and barbed wire, the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office said.

Two Texarkana, Arkansas, police officers encountered the pair about 1 p.m. Monday and attempted to arrest them, state police said. Video footage later showed the pair climbing on to a train, the sheriff said.

Police say one of the inmates tried to grab an officer’s gun, which fired. When the other officer fired, the inmate was killed.

A second inmate was taken into custody after a shooting outside the jail annex. It happened about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) away, according to The Texarkana Gazette.

According to police, they have yet to free the identity of the inmate who was plugged, pending notification of his family. One inmate was being held on felony attack and probation breaching, and the other was being held on burglary and drug charges.

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