Police: Iowa escaped inmate captured after killing deputy

Deputy Mark Burbridge of the Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Sheriff's Office, died after he was shot during an inmate escape. Photo courtesy of Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office

May 2 (UPI) — Law enforcement officials arrested an Iowa escaped inmate in Nebraska after he shot and killed a deputy, and led officers on a chase.

Pottawattamie County Deputy Mark Burbridge, a 12-year law enforcement officer, died Monday from his injuries, Sheriff John Danker announced.

Deputies were transporting Wesley Correa-Carmenaty from court to the Pottawattamie County jail after he was convicted of a separate homicide and sentenced to 45 years in prison when he escaped, County Attorney Matt Wilber said.

Danker said that at the Council Bluffs, Iowa, jail, Correa-Carmenaty struggled with officers, took a handgun from one of them and shot two deputies before he drove the transport van through a jail garage door. He later abandoned the van and carjacked the vehicle of driver Jerry Brittan, who he shot; the driver was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The car then crossed the border from Iowa to Nebraska; Correa-Carenaty later kidnapped Amy Kanger, taking her car and leaving her several blocks away, police said. She called 911. The Omaha, Neb., Police Department gave chase when they saw Correa-Carmenaty, who drove his car into a barrier as he attempted to merge onto an Interstate highway. He was taken into custody without a struggle.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said the deputy’s gun was recovered at the site of Correa-Carmenaty’s capture. A second inmate was in the transport van originally commandeered by Correa-Carmenaty, but he was not intentionally involved in the escape from the jail.

At the jail, Burbridge and Deputy Pat Morgan, a 10-year law enforcement veteran, were struck by bullets. Deputies did not return fire.

Correa-Carmenaty was booked in the Douglas County, Neb., jail on suspicion of kidnapping and weapons charges. In Iowa, he faces first-degree murder and kidnapping charges.

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