Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker rushed to the jail’s secure inmate entrance Monday morning to see two of his men wounded on the floor.
It had been breached from the inside. He found two deputies shot — one of them died soon after.
Danker watched as the deputies received first aid from jail nurses and medics. He saw a broken garage door, busted by the van used to transport inmates. He saw blood.
“It’s just a shocking scene to walk into,” Danker said just a few hours later.
A whirlwind pursuit of an escaped inmate across state lines on Monday morning that lasted less than 30 minutes ended with the man being captured, but heartbreak for the slain deputy’s family and the law enforcement family.
Mark Burbridge, 43, a 12-year veteran, died roughly an hour after he was shot.
Danker said the loss of Burbridge was something that law enforcement officers hope they never have to experience.
“We lost one officer today,” Danker said. “Excellent man. We’re going to miss him.”
Burbridge had worked on road patrol, investigations and, most recently, court security.
“(He) always was happy, jovial,” Danker said. “He was a good deputy.”
Another deputy, Pat Morgan, 59, a 10-year department veteran, also was injured in the shooting, which occurred about 10:55 a.m. Morgan was shot in the lower torso, an injury that officials said was not life-threatening.