Update: Paulding County escapee has deputy's gun

Paulding Co. officials are searching for escapee Branden Powell . (Courtesy: PCS)

Authorities in Paulding County are searching for a prisoner who escaped custody.

Branden Powell, 32, has been on the loose since Friday afternoon and is considered dangerous.

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office says Powell overpowered the deputy while be transported from a mental health institution to jail. He allegedly choked the deputy, then handcuffed him.

Powell then allegedly took off with the deputy's gun and phone.

Powell stands approximately six feet tall and weighs around 155 pounds.

Authorities say Powell was wearing blue jeans, a dingy white and brown t-shirt, a brown sweatshirt and white tennis shoes when he escaped.

If you have any information as to his whereabouts, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office asks you to call 911 right away.

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