An inmate who escaped from a northeast Texas prison was fatally shot by an Arkansas police officer after the inmate fought with another officer who was trying to take him into custody, authorities announced.
The inmate, Michael D. Olson, 30, was one of two missing persons discovered early Monday in the Bowie County Jail Annex in Texarkana, Texas, a town on the state’s border with the Arkansas about 270 kilometers to the northeast. from Dallas. Olson and Wayde Land escaped by breaking through a cinder block wall on the facility’s second floor and then maneuvering through perimeter fencing and barbed wire, the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff said video footage later captured the couple climbing onto a train.
Around 1 p.m. Monday, two police officers from Texarkana, Arkansas, met the detainees and attempted to take them into custody, Arkansas State Police said. According to state police, Olson attempted to grab an officer’s gun, which caused him to be fired, so the other officer fatally shot him.
The land was taken into custody, authorities said. The shooting happened about 2 miles south of the prison annex, the Texarkana Gazette reported.
Olson was being held for assault and breach of probation while Land, 38, was jailed for burglary and drug trafficking, police said.