Jail Escapee Now Accused of Trying to Kill ATF Agent

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - An inmate who escaped from the Hood County Jail is now facing a charge of attempted murder of a federal agent.

A magistrate in Fort Worth Thursday ordered 24-year-old Jason Lee Johnston to remain in custody.

Johnston and fellow inmate Cleties Matthew Conley fled from the Hood County Jail last Saturday.

The two men, along with a woman and child, drove off in a car which was pulled over several blocks away. Conley was taken into custody.

Investigators say Johnston shot at a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent. The agent shot back, but no one was hit, and Johnston fled.

Johnston was caught Tuesday at a home in Granbury.

Johnston had been jailed awaiting transfer to a Texas prison to serve 30 years for aggravated robbery.


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