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Murder of correctional officers could change standard protocol

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Investigators are working hard to figure out how two inmates were able to brutally murder two correctional officers in Putnam County.

"We're going to be looking at the standard operating procedures to see if there's anything we do want to change," Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said.

The two prisoners were able to break through a gate in a transportation van that was supposed to be locked. They got a hold of the officers weapons and killed both of them before escaping.

"How did that fence open?" Anthony Gangi said.

Anthony Gangi runs the popular podcast, "Tier Talk."  With 15 years experience working in the corrections system, he says a certain protocol is followed when transporting prisoners.

"We try not to sit cell mates together on a trip. We don't stop the bus," Gangi said.

The two prisoners who escaped are cell mates. The Georgia Department of Corrections wouldn't say if they were sitting next to each other on the bus.

We know the inmates were handcuffed and shackled but neither officer was wearing a bullet proof vest.

Commissioner Dozier says it's not standard practice for correctional officers in Georgia to wear vests but Gangi says that needs to change.

"Remember who you're dealing with. Remember the people you're surrounded by," Gangi said.

Since correctional officers spend so much time with the inmates, Gangi says it's easy for the officers to forget they're dealing with dangerous criminals.

"These inmates observe everything and if there's a moment of vulnerability some inmates will jump on that," he added.

Commissioner Dozier hasn't said how long the investigation will last.

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