The Latest: Iowa Sheriff’s Deputy Dies After Jail Escape

“Earlier today, I learned of the senseless act of violence that took the life of Mark Burbridge and injured Pat Morgan, both who served as Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputies.  I am deeply saddened to hear these troubling details.  I have asked state officials to assist local officials with the investigation if needed.  The thoughts and prayers of Chris and I go out to the families of these officers and to those who serve beside them.” –Gov. Terry Branstad

“Men and women across Iowa put their lives on the line every day to make our communities a safe place to live and raise a family.  Today, we’re reminded of the selfless and ultimate sacrifice they sometimes face.  The State of Iowa stands ready to assist local officials in western Iowa as they grieve and mourn this loss of life.  Kevin and I are praying for the Burbridge and Morgan families, and the entire law enforcement community in Pottawattamie County.” –Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds       

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The inmate who escaped from a western Iowa jail Monday managed to steal a sheriff’s deputy’s gun as he was returning from a court appearance and shot two deputies. One deputy died later.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says 23-year-old Wesley Williams Correa-Carmenaty attacked and shot the two deputies who were driving inmates back from court Monday.

Correa-Carmenaty then stole the jail transport van and drove it out through a garage door.

Danker says Correa-Carmenaty tried unsuccessfully to steal a pickup truck just outside the jail and shot the driver. Then he continued on in the van several blocks before crashing the van and carjacking a car.

Then he drove to Omaha where he was arrested after a short pursuit.

Before the escape, Correa-Carmenaty was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison for his role in a botched robbery in March 2016. He had pleaded guilty in January to voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder and two counts of robbery in connection with the slaying of 22-year-old Anthony Walker.

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