The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is searching for an escaped inmate who is considered armed and dangerous, MyFoxHouston.com reports.
Baytown Police Department has ordered Lee College on lockdown.
Officials said Arcade Joseph Comeaux Jr., 49, took two transport officers hostage on Monday morning and then escaped from the vehicle and took off on foot, MyFoxHouston.com reports.
Comeaux, a 6-foot, 200-pound black male, was serving a life sentence for crimes he committed in three Texas counties.
He was sentenced to life in prison for indecency with a child, aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, MyFoxHouston.com reports.
The guards were transferring Comeaux from a prison in Huntsville, north of Houston, to one in Beaumont, in southeast Texas, when he pulled out a gun and told the guards to stop the vehicle, said Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
"At some point he brandished a firearm. We do not know how he was able to obtain that firearm and ordered officers to pull off to the side of the road," Lyons said.
Comeaux allegedly handcuffed the officers together in the vehicle and then took off with their weapons, MyFoxHouston.com reported.
The officers were found to be unharmed at 10 a.m. Comeaux is believed to be wearing one of the officer's uniforms — a grey correctional uniform and black boots.
Comeaux had filed a lawsuit in March 2008, alleging that his rights were violated in disciplinary punishment he received in connection with the damage of a library book. The court denied his appeal on November 3.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.