Burnet jail inmate recaptured after escaping while getting medical treatment

A Burnet County Jail inmate was recaptured Saturday after he scuffled with a jail corrections officer and took the officer's gun while being treated at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

The inmate, Murl Lamb, was being treated for a medical condition related to a fall at the jail.

The man escaped shortly before 7 a.m. and was recaptured a few hours later when he was found hiding in a dumpster behind a Cinemark movie theater across the street from the hospital, Cedar Park police said.

The Burnet County Jail corrections officer, whose name was not released, had accompanied the inmate to the Cedar Park hospital in a Burnet Fire Department EMS vehicle, which was called to the jail at about 12:30 a.m., the statement from the sheriff's office said.

After he escaped and before he was recaptured, Lamb apparently used the correction officer's gun to shoot off the shackles on his ankles, Cedar Park Police assistant chief Mike Harmon said.

Lamb was not handcuffed during his visit to the hospital, Harmon said.

For the complete story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

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