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KOSA-TV - Midland County Jailbreak (1978)

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Sound | 1980

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  •  Midland County Sheriff Dallas Smith (1977-1984) 
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This news story documents an attempted jailbreak from Midland County Jail by a convicted murderer who was being returned to the Texas Department of Corrections that week after several months in Midland County Jail. The inmate used a gun he had hidden to hold deputies at gunpoint and lock them up while he made a run for it. Sheriff Dallas Smith talks to CBS7’s Conrad Coleman about the escape, noting that the Sheriff’s office does not search visitors to the jail, so a visitor may have brought the inmate a weapon.