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Third arrest possible in connection to escaped inmate

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A third arrest could happen in connection to an escaped inmate still on the loose. That inmate is Michael Shane Hunter.

Kentucky state police say he escaped the Fulton County detention center in Hickman on Sunday night. Hunter was serving time for theft by failure to make required disposition of property, first degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle and flagrant non-support.

Fulton County Detention Center Jailer Ricky Parnell said he arrested guards Monica Mayes and Jason Smith around 10 a.m. Monday.

KSP interviewed the two guards around 1 a.m., no charges were made then. Around 3 a.m., Parnell says he started going through video surveillance. He says it shows convincing evidence the two guards were involved in the escape. Local 6 asked for the video, but Parnell says its part of the investigation and he cannot release it.

Parnell interviewed the two guards again later Monday morning and felt it necessary to make an arrest right away. He says KSP is investigating the case and is doing a great job. Parnell said he made the arrest without KSP, because he did not want to wake the trooper who worked earlier into Monday morning on the case. Parnell says the trooper came back Monday afternoon to interview the two, now arrested, guards as both agencies continue searching for the escaped inmate.

Parnell says a third arrest involving someone who wasn't at the jail that night could be made. He could not say whether that person is an employee.

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