Manhunt Underway for Cop Shooter Who Escaped After Overpowering Jail Guard

Alabama law enforcement says Eric Washington is believed to be armed and dangerous.

An Alabama inmate recently convicted for shooting a cop is now on the run after authorities say he overpowered a jail guard and escaped.

Eric Washington, 23, of Eutaw reportedly fled on foot after forcibly taking staff members' keys at the Greene County Jail Tuesday night.

Washington was recently found guilty of shooting a law enforcement official and is believed to be armed and dangerous, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement. 

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The officer survived the incident.

Local law enforcement agencies from neighboring jurisdictions are assisting with the search.

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Washington — who is described as a black male, approximately 5’11" and 155 pounds — was last seen wearing black shorts with no shirt.

Anyone with information on Washington and/or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Greene County Sherriff’s Office at 205-372-3152 or the SBI crime tip line at 800-392-8011.

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