Prison guards killed; suspects on run in Putnam County

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is reporting two corrections officers are dead after a prison bus was hijacked.

Two armed inmates have escaped and are considered very dangerous.

The first call came in shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday as inmates apparently took control of a prison bus on Ga. 16 near Hancock County.

Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee is on the scene assisting, as are deputies from Hancock County.

“We’re trying to get this bus unloaded,” Massee said. “We have 32 inmates getting off the bus.”

The shooting happened between Eatonton and Sparta on Ga. 16.

At last report, the inmates had commandeered another vehicle, possibly a Honda, and were headed toward Eatonton.

Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath could not provide additional details.

“Everything is happening as we speak,” she told The Telegraph by telephone.

Heath said they would release information as soon as concrete details are available.

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Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

Joe Kovac Jr.: 478-744-4397, @joekovacjr

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