LIVINGSTON, Texas, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Five inmates who tried to escape from a Texas prison included one convicted of slaying a Houston police officer, authorities say.
Juan Quintero was one of five prisoners who were allegedly foiled in a Friday attempt to break out of the Polunsky maximum-security prison in Livingston, Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Jason Clark, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman, told the newspaper three of the inmates were shot, but added Quintero was not among the wounded.
Quintero did not receive the death penalty in 2008 when he was convicted for the murder two years earlier of officer Rodney Johnson, a decision that reportedly shocked Johnson's wife Joslyn Johnson, also a police officer.
The Chronicle said the case had raised controversy over police policies on checking the immigration status of defendants. Quintero is an illegal immigrant.
Clark said all five inmates are facing charges of attempted escape after allegedly trying to scale a perimeter fence.