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Breaking: Deputy dies after being shot during inmate escape in Iowa

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An Omaha police officer points his rifle in the direction of a vehicle headed eastbound on Cuming Street driven by an inmate who escaped from the Pottawattamie County jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and carjacked a Nissan Sentra, Monday, May 1, 2017, in Omaha, Neb. The inmate was captured after crashing the stolen vehicle during a police chase in neighboring Nebraska.  (Chris Machian/The World-Herald via AP)
An Omaha police officer points his rifle in the direction of a vehicle headed eastbound on Cuming Street driven by an inmate who escaped from the Pottawattamie County jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and carjacked a Nissan Sentra, Monday, May 1, 2017, in Omaha, Neb. The inmate was captured after crashing the stolen vehicle during a police chase in neighboring Nebraska. (Chris Machian/The World-Herald via AP)

UPDATE: During the escape, two deputies were shot, and one has died.

Earlier:


COUNCIL BLUFF, Iowa — An inmate who escaped from a western Iowa jail has been captured after crashing a stolen vehicle during a police chase in neighboring Nebraska.

Authorities have acknowledged that an inmate stole a transport van and crashed out of the Pottawattamie County Jail around 11 a.m. Monday.

Authorities say the van was abandoned a few blocks away, where the inmate either met an accomplice or carjacked someone’s car. He then drove over the Missouri River into Omaha, Nebraska.

It’s unclear whether the inmate was alone and still in the same vehicle when he crashed in Omaha to end the high-speed police chase.

Representatives for several police agencies involved have not returned calls from The Associated Press seeking details of the inmate’s escape or capture.

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