Police capture inmate who escaped Jackson County Jail


Daniel Coomer (Photo provided by Indiana State Police)

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. – Authorities have located an inmate who escaped the Jackson County Jail.

Inmate Daniel Coomer, 39, fled on foot Friday evening from the jail in Brownstown, according to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police

Coomer was captured in Clark County by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the FBI.  He will be taken back to the Jackson County Jail.

Before he escaped, Coomer was being held at the jail on the following charges: driving while suspended, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, auto theft, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and impersonating a public servant.

Officials say Coomer and other inmates were taken from the holding cell area to an outdoor recreation area just before 8:30 p.m. The outdoor area is within the walls of the jail and has a fence roof built over the top.

At 8:38 p.m., surveillance video shows Coomer escape through an unlocked door that leads outside. Authorities say they are investigating why the door was left unlocked.

Jail staff noticed Coomer missing around 9:10 p.m. when the inmates were moved back into the holding cell area.

At around 11 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says they received a call reporting that a home in the 1100 block south of CR 50 West was broken into. The sheriff’s department says it’s possible Coomer broke into the home and stole clothes to change out of his jail jumpsuit.

Officers set up a perimeter and spent three hours tracking Coomer with K-9s. After using the K-9s, officers continued to search for the escaped inmate overnight by foot and patrol vehicles.

At 7:50 a.m. Saturday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call of a truck stolen from a home in the 3400 block South of CR 300 East. Officers say they found a UTV side-by-side in the roadway about 100 yards north of the home, which Coomer may have been using to move about.

Officials say they suspect Coomer may now be in possession of the stolen truck, which is a red 1993 Chevrolet C15 pickup. The truck is a single cab and has an Indiana license plate that reads SXQ132.


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