2 Corrections Officers on Leave After Inmate’s Prison Escape


Two corrections officers have been placed on paid leave as authorities investigate an inmate’s escape from a Rhode Island detention center.

Former Army reservist James Morales was reported missing Saturday night and remains at large.

Wyatt Correctional Center warden Daniel Martin tells WBZ that two officers were placed on leave. He says Morales escaped around 7 p.m. but wasn’t discovered missing until three hours later.

The prison in Central Falls remains locked down as officials review procedures.

The 35-year-old Morales is charged with stealing 16 guns from a U.S. Army Reserve Center.

Police say they believe Morales fled to Attleboro, Massachusetts, and stole a car that was found Sunday. They believe he is bleeding from razor wire that he climbed through to escape.