Inmate Shot at Lamesa Prison

Staff Report
The Associated Press

LAMESA, Texas (AP) - A convicted robber who allegedly tried to escape from a prison in the Texas Panhandle is recovering after being shot in the arm by a guard.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says 26-year-old Gordon Simpson could face escape-related charges.

Clark says Simpson was at the Smith Unit in Lamesa on Monday and was being escorted out, with some other inmates, to work on agricultural fields.

Clark says Simpson ran outside the perimeter, was ordered to stop and was shot when he did not. Clark says the officer fired five rounds and one hit Simpson in the elbow.

Simpson was transported to Lamesa Medical Arts Hospital, then to a hospital in Lubbock before being returned to the prison.

He's serving eight years for robbery in Bexar County.