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MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Two McDowell County inmates have been located after they took off during a transfer to Avery County.

Deputies were searching for 20-year-old Calvin Lee Metcalf and 25-year-old Phillip Nicholas Metcalf. They are cousins.

The Avery County Sheriff's Office says at some point during transport, the men obtained a deputy's gun at held him at gunpoint. They fled in his service vehicle, which was carrying other weapons and has the ability to monitor communications.

Calvin and Phillip Metcalf were being transported for an Avery investigation.

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