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Aug 17, 7:53 AM EDT

Officials: Alabama inmate overpowered jail staff, escaped

EUTAW, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama authorities are searching for an escaped inmate who was recently convicted of shooting at a sheriff's deputy.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency told media outlets Tuesday night that state and local authorities are looking for 23-year-old Eric Washington of Eutaw.

Spokesman Reginal King says Washington overpowered the staff at Greene County jail and took their keys before fleeing on foot about 9 p.m. He was last seen wearing black shorts and no shirt.

Authorities say Washington is serving a 30-year sentence after shooting at a Greene County deputy during a pursuit last year.

Officials say he is considered armed and dangerous.

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