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Sheriff: 2 inmates overpower officer, escape Tennessee jail

October 10, 2018

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities are searching by land and by air for two inmates who escaped from a Tennessee jail.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said in a Facebook post that the inmates overpowered an officer, climbed over a razor wire and escaped early Wednesday from the jail in Murfreesboro.

The sheriff’s office said teams of local and state officers are using K-9s and a helicopter to aid the search for 43-year-old Dewayne Lee Halfacre of Lynchburg and 28-year-old Jonathan Cody Baxter of Murfreesboro. Halfacre was being held on a charge of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery and Baxter was being held for failing to appear in court on a theft charge.

Authorities say both inmates were last seen wearing white T-shirts and orange pants.

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