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Parker County Jail escapee dies in North Carolina pursuit


A Parker County Jail escapee who eluded authorities for four days is dead.


Donald McFaden Orange was located in Haywood County, N.C., after authorities there recognized the pickup he was driving as stolen. As deputies closed in on Orange late Tuesday morning, he shot himself with a shotgun.

Orange, a trustee at the Parker County Jail in Weatherford, escaped Friday during a pork detail near Springtown, stealing a county vehicle. Orange made his way to Jack County, a Jack County Deputy spotted where the vehicle he was driving.

Orange abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Later that day, he burglarized a home on Post Oak Road in Jack County, near the Clay County line. He tied up a victim in the burglary and stole a 1993 Ford Pickup. He was reported to have driven north on Hwy. 148, possibly into Clay County.

Orange’s inmate uniform was found at the scene of the burglary and a 12-gauge shotgun reported stolen.

Orange was arrested by a Weatherford-Parker County task force in November on outstanding warrants, including two counts of burglary of a habitation in Fort Worth and Tarrant County; possession of a controlled substance over 1 gram, under 4 grams; criminal mischief less than $500; and theft of property less than $500, out of Parker County.


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