‘Dangerous’ Inmates Escape Alabama Prison; manhunt underway

Three men have escaped an Alabama county jail after attacking a jailer early on Saturday morning, according to news report.

Two of the escapees are men charged with murder, while the third was being held on armed robbery charges.

The three were locked down together in a single cell around 2 a.m. (3 a.m. ET) when one started screaming, saying another of them was very sick, Choctaw County Sheriff Tom Abate said. The jailer looked through a porthole, saw someone vomiting, then opened the cell door.

'Dangerous' Inmates Escape Alabama Prison; manhunt underway
The inmates attacked the jailer when the door opened, stealing his keys and cell phone before fleeing on foot, Abate said.

Local authorities used tracking dogs to follow the inmates about a quarter mile down State Highway 17 in Butler, Alabama. The group was either picked up there or had a vehicle waiting for them, Abate said.

The escapees have been identified as Demarcus Woodward, 23, for allegedly fatally shooting a work release inmate and Gemayel Culbert, 32, for being involved in the killing of two people at a private club in northern Choctaw County. The third inmate is Terrell Gordon, 23, who is charged with armed robbery for a theft at a convenience store theft.