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5 ‘violent’ inmates escape Ga. county jail after attacking officers

The officers were doing cell checks when they were attacked and locked in a cell


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Update: November 17, 2021. All 5 escapees have been apprehended, ending a four-day manhunt. Read more.

By Sarah Sinning

HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. — Five inmates escaped the Pulaski County Jail on Friday night after locking two corrections officers in a cell, WALB reports.

According to Sheriff Danny Brannen, the two officers were performing routine cell checks when they were attacked while in a cell talking to an inmate. They were the only two officers working in the jail at the time.

After exiting the premises with two Tasers, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation news release, the inmates took off in one of the CO’s cars, a white 2015 KIA Sedona with Georgia tag number CMP8628.

While two of the men were taken back into custody on Sunday, the remaining three are still at large and should be considered extremely dangerous, the GBI said. They are Tyree Williams Jr., 33, Brandon Pooler, 24, and Dennis Penix, Jr., 28. Each inmate has a history of violence and two have been charged with murder, according to the agency.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the remaining fugitives.

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