East Texas prison escapee captured

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The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that escaped inmate Gary Gorman was captured Tuesday by deputies following a tip from a resident.

Lt. Jay Webb said, ”He was seen at a residence in the Woodlawn area of Harrison County at approximately 7 a.m. off of Lee Island Road and FM 1997. Deputies located the reported vehicle used in the escape at the dead-end of Old FM 1997 at approximately 8 a.m. At this approximate time, Gorman was seen at the residence off of Lee Island Road and FM 1997. Deputies began creating a perimeter to keep the escapee confined in the area where he was believed to be hiding.”

The perimeter was approximately three miles in diameter. Harrison County deputies were assisted by Marion County Sheriff David McKnight and several Marion County deputies, Marion and Harrison County Game Wardens, Shreveport Fire and Rescue K-9 teams, Marshall DPS Troopers and Texas DPS Helicopter Operations.

Webb said, “Law enforcement worked to close the perimeter and Gorman was found to be hiding in brush by the DPS helicopter FLIR (forward-looking infrared radar). Gorman attempted to flee from the helicopter and the pilots directed ground operators to his location. A Harrison County deputy ran to the location and Gorman attempted to flee from him. He was tackled by the deputy and held until assistance from other law enforcement arrived.” 

Webb added that Gorman will now be charged with a First Degree felony escape charge for his escape on June 3, 2018. Gorman’s mother, Donna Slinkard, 58, has also been taken into custody. She is charged with felony Hindering Apprehension.

Webb said, “It is alleged that she assisted the escape and harbored Gorman during some of the period while he had escaped.” 

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