The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

Local News

December 29, 2009

Lockdown lifted at TDCJ Estelle Unit

HUNTSVILLE — The lockdown has been lifted from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Estelle Unit as the investigation continues into the escape of offender Arcade Comeaux Jr.

As of Monday the high security sections of the unit were officially taken off lockdown. The general population lockdown was removed on Dec. 14.

Though the lockdowns have been removed, the investigation into Comeaux’s escape by the TDCJ Office of the Inspector General continues.

Comeaux escaped during a transfer from the Estelle Unit to the Stiles Unit in Beaumont on Nov. 30.

While riding in a TDCJ vehicle, Comeaux produced a pistol and subdued the officers guarding him. He forced the officers to drive the vehicle to Baytown, where he fled on foot. He was recaptured in Houston on Dec. 7.

As the investigation began, the key focus became understanding how Comeaux was able to obtain a firearm from inside the unit.

According to TDCJ Public Information Director Michelle Lyons, no information has yet been released on how the firearm has been obtained, though several TDCJ employees have been dismissed as a result of the investigation, including one correctional officer accused of placing calls to Comeaux’s ex-wife on his behalf.

Shortly after the investigation began, TDCJ Director Brad Livingston called for an independent audit of the unit by an outside firm. According to Lyons, work on the audit has been completed by Kenneth McGinnis of MGT of America Inc. The findings of the audit have not yet been released.

The Office of the Inspector General investigation continues into the incident.

1
Text Only
Local News
Photos


House Ads
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide