Oklahoma prisoners back in police custody after 8-inmate escape in Weatherford

WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) -- Police in Oklahoma say they have recaptured the last two of eight inmates who allegedly escaped a transport van when guards stopped to take at least one ill prisoner to a hospital.

A Weatherford police dispatcher says as of early Tuesday evening Lester Burns and Michael Coleman are back in custody and referred questions to assistant Police Chief Louis Flowers.

Flowers did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Six of the eight inmates were found shortly after the escape was reported. A shotgun left in the van and the van was also recovered.

Police say the inmates were left in locked compartments in the van and that two kicked out a partition and were able to get to the front of the van that apparently had been left running.

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