3 hurt as 5 Texas inmates attempt escape

One inmate was a convicted killer of a police officer


By Paige Hewitt
The Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Texas — A killer convicted in the 2006 slaying of a Houston police officer was among five inmates who tried to escape from the maximum security unit in Livingston, shortly after attending a prison church service Friday night.

Using rifles and shotguns, guards fired 12 rounds, striking three of the inmates and thwarting the jailbreak. Those prisoners remained hospitalized Saturday with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and lacerations sustained from scaling razor-like barbed wire atop the Polunsky unit.

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