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Iowa deputy shot and killed by inmate during wild prison escape

May 1, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Iowa deputy shot and killed by inmate during wild prison escape

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An inmate fatally shot one deputy and injured another during a daring prison escape from an Iowa prison on Monday morning.

The prison escape occurred at the Pottawattamie County Jail around 11 a.m. Monday morning.

Authorities said the suspect, identified as Wesley Correa-Carmenaty, was in custody on multiple counts including first-degree murder, attempted murder, and first-degree robbery, according to ABC Action News reported.

Iowa Court records show Carmenaty pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges on Monday and sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Early reports indicate the inmate was on his way back to his cell when the shooting occurred around 11 a.m.

Two deputies were rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds. One of the officers later died from his injuries; the other remains in stable condition.

Carmenaty reportedly stole a prison transport van and crashed through a garage door at the jail.

Authorities said he ditched the van and might have met an accomplice before carjacking a woman’s vehicle near the jail, The Associated Press reported.

Police said a high-speed pursuit ensued into Omaha, Nebraska, before crashing the stolen vehicle.

Officers said Correa-Carmenaty was alert and conscious when he was arrested.

The incident forced police to place schools in the area on lockdown.

“The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office today tragically lost a deputy in the line of duty; We are deeply saddened by his death and mourn alongside the entire Pottawattamie Sheriff’s Office,” Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said in a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page.

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