Former Escaped Inmate Dies in Prison

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

HUNTSVILLE (AP) - Texas corrections officials say an inmate who four years ago was on the run for a week after escaping during a prison transfer has died, apparently of natural causes.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says 53-year-old Arcade Comeaux was at the Clements Unit in Amarillo when he told officers Tuesday he was experiencing shortness of breath. He lost consciousness and couldn't be revived. Clark says an autopsy will be conducted but foul play isn't suspected.

Several corrections officers were fired or retired after the convicted sex offender, believed disabled, pulled out a smuggled pistol, fired it and fled on foot while in a van en route from Huntsville to Beaumont in 2009. He disarmed and handcuffed two officers.

Comeaux was captured a week later in Houston.

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