Convicted killer breaks ribs trying to break out

January 22, 2008 6:11:16 AM PST
An attempted escape was stopped at a state prison in Brazoria County yesterday. A guard shot at a convicted killer as he tried to scale a fence at the Stringfellow unit near Rosharon. Nobody can really say what was going through David Davis' mind when he tried to make a break for it, but he has to be wondering now if it was worth it, based on the injuries he sustained.

Prison officials say around 7:30pm Sunday, Davis, 54, was with more than a half dozen other inmates at the prison basketball court in Rosharon. Then, without warning, he ran towards a fence at the Stringfellow unit and began to scale the chain link. He reached the top and actually got some of his clothing stuck on the rolled barbed wire.

A tower guard warned the inmate to stop, and then fired a single round, which missed Davis, but caused him to fall about 10 feet.

"The officer did an outstanding job by providing public safety by shooting the round at the offender," said Assistant Warden Alfonso James. "And also, we had our tracking dogs in case he did make it over. They were already set up to track the offender."

Officials say Davis suffered several broken ribs and a head injury. It's a good thing he didn't get out. Davis is serving a life sentence for a murder he committed in Brazoria County.

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