LAMESA, TX (KCBD) - A Smith Unit prison inmate in Lamesa was shot after he tried to escape early Monday morning.
According to Jason Clark, a TDCJ spokesman, 26-year-old Gordon Simpson was being escorted out of the unit with a group of inmates who work on agricultural fields. He ran outside the perimeter of the prison around 7 a.m. Monday morning.
According to Clark, an officer ordered Simpson to stop and when he didn't, the officer fired five rounds, one of which hit Simpson in the elbow, causing him to stop.
Simpson was transported to the Lamesa Medical Arts Hospital, then transferred to a hospital in Lubbock and then transported back to the Smith Unit.
Simpson was serving an eight-year sentence for a robbery in Bexar County. He has been in prison since July of 2006. Simpson could face more prison time because of the escape.
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