TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) – On Monday, March 21, two inmates escaped from the Bowie County Jail Annex in downtown Texarkana shortly after noon.
Michael Olson, 30, was being held for felony assault and breach of probation, while Wayde Land, 38, was in jail for burglary of a building and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
The inmates escaped by breaking through the exterior cinder block wall on the south side of the facility. Once outside, they were able to maneuver through the perimeter fences and wires before leaving the field.
“It’s hard to tell if they had some plan or if they just got the chance and took it,” Bowie County Sheriff Jeff Neal said.
According to officials, as Texas Department of Corrections dogs tracked the escapees, police in Texarkana, Ark. made contact with the men in the 200 block of East Street. As one of the officers arrested an escapee, the second was met with resistance from the other inmate, who began to fight and attempted to gain control of the officer’s handgun.
During the struggle, the shot was fired, causing the first officer to shoot the inmate who was fighting the second officer. The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene. The inmate has been identified as Michael Olson, of Texarkana, Texas. The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory will perform the autopsy.
Special agents from the State Police Criminal Investigation Division continue to take witness statements and evidence associated with the shooting.
Local police department officials have asked the Arkansas State Police to investigate the use of lethal force by one of the officers.
This is a developing story. Stay with KSLA News 12 for updates.
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