Authorities say the three prisoners escaped from the Russell County Jail Thursday night.
Sheriff Heath Taylor says all three inmates should be considered dangerous. Authorities say the other two inmates were being held on burglary, theft and drug charges.
Police in nearby Columbus, Ga., said they were assisting Alabama authorities with the search by issuing warnings to its officers to be on the lookout for the three.
Justin Hysmith, lives just outside Phenix City, said officers were walking down his street around 7 a.m. Friday holding shotguns, and a helicopter had been circling the area since 5:30 a.m.
Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com