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Three shot in escape attempt

POLK COUNTY – Three people are hospitalized with gunshot wounds following an escape attempt at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit in Livingston.

The escape attempt, involving five inmates, occurred just after 9 p.m. on Friday. Guards fired several shots from a surveillance tower, striking three of the five would-be escapees. The other two were taken into custody.

TDC has not released the condition of the three inmates who were shot, but two Life Flight air ambulances were called in, and then grounded because of weather. The inmates are at a Livingston hospital.

The entire prison complex, which includes death row, Administrative Segregation, and general population was on lockdown as of 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available, along with on-scene video.

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