Inmate crashes out of Iowa jail in stolen transport van

For residents of California Junction and Missouri Valley Iowa it is hard to believe that someone from their peaceful area would meet a violent fate the way Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Burbridge did Monday.

Danker said the deputies had taken two prisoners back to the jail from the courthouse - a female and Correa-Carmenaty - and were taking them out of the van when Correa-Carmenaty got hold of one of the deputy's firearms and shot both of the men. He later carjacked a female motorist and led police on a chase from the Iowa jail into Omaha, Neb., with speeds reaching 80 miles per hour, according to the paper.

The incident took place at the Pottawattamie County Jail, located near the Iowa/Nebraska border in suburban Omaha, Nebraska.

Two deputies were transporting Correa-Carmenaty back to the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Monday after he was sentenced to 45 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder in a separate case. "We are really going to miss him", said Danker.

After escaping the jail, Correa-Carmenaty tried to steal a pickup truck and shot the driver, but continued on in the jail van. One other inmate was in the van, but Danker said he didn't believe she was involved. The 43-year-old Burbridge, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff's office, died shortly after being shot.

Correa-Carmenaty then kidnapped Kanger and took her vehicle, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

The wounded deputy was listed in stable condition at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. He then apparently dropped the carjacking victim near a liquor store at 30th Street and Laurel Avenue and then led police on a high speed chase on Cuming Street with speeds being reported at up to 80 miles per hour. Speeds during the chase reached 80 miles per hour. A Council Bluffs police officer leaving the Bluffs police station said of the deputy, "I knew him, and he was a good guy". Deputy Pat Morgan, 59, was shot in the lower torso and is expected to recover. At 25 and Avenue I in Council Bluffs, Correa-Carmenaty abandoned the transport van and kidnapped Amy Kanger, 31, who saw the van on the grass and stopped to see if anyone was hurt. He has worked for the sheriff's department for 10 years.

A Pottawattamie County deputy is dead after a Monday morning inmate escape.

  • Salvatore Jensen