Escaped murderer found at home in Morgan County, authorities say

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities said they located an escaped inmate who was convicted of murder inside a Morgan County home Thursday evening.

Authorities confirm Daniel Miner was taken into custody after a standoff that lasted several hours.

Morgan County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Swafford confirmed the U.S. Marshals Office followed a tip that Miner was inside a home on Pitts Road in the Eva area.

"Obviously, very dangerous," Swafford said. "He's somebody who was sentenced to life, so someone we wanted to treat very cautiously."

When authorities arrived, they saw Miner at the residence. A Morgan County judge issued a search warrant for the home and authorities deployed tear gas. After several rounds of gas, MCSO says that Miner came out of the home and was taken into custody.

Due to the nature of Miner's crimes and convictions, a SWAT unit and a bomb squad unit from Huntsville assisted the other law enforcement agencies during the standoff.

"He was distraught. Obviously, he was facing the life sentence he already had. So, that probably best describes his mood," Swafford said.

Swafford says that during the standoff, Miner led them to believe there was an explosive device, but they have not found one at this time.

Miner escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center Saturday night, authorities said. He was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for a 1993 murder in Marshall County.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said an inmate escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center Saturday night.
The Alabama Department of Corrections said Daniel Miner escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center Saturday night. (Photo courtesy ADOC)
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