LUBBOCK, Texas — Gary Darnell, inmate who escaped this morning from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office was taken into custody at approximately 9:50 a.m. this morning without incident. He was located at the Bayer Crop Center near New Deal.

Bayer made a statement saying 40 Bayer team members were on site working and went on lockdown until police apprehended Darnell.

“We appreciate the rapid response of law enforcement, and are grateful the situation has come to a peaceful conclusion,” Bayer said.

New Deal ISD cancelled school on Thursday due to an “emergency situation” near Interstate 27, a social media post indicated. New Deal ISD initially said they would delay classes, but that changed for the protection of students.

DPS said a Hall County escaped inmate was in the area and that the call began with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office approximately around 3:45 a.m.

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DPS said its troopers and aircraft were assisting LCSO crews in the search. The Lubbock Police Department was also called to assist but was not able to provide more information at the time.

Previous images of Darnell from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and DPS showed him as clean-shaven. However, DPS said Darnell currently has a mustache.

Read the full press release from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 03:00 a.m. the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an escaped inmate from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. The escapee was identified by Hall County as Gary Darnell, DOB 9-19-74, and had a possible destination of Lubbock. Deputies located the vehicle in the area of the I-27 and Loop 461 in New Deal. The vehicle led deputies on short pursuit and the suspect abandoned the vehicle on the South side of New Deal and fled on foot. The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Lubbock Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public safety are currently in the area searching for Gary Darnell.

The suspect is as a white male approximately 5’07” and 160 pounds and is still at large. If you have any information regarding the suspect, please contact the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office at 806-775-1480.