Officers and guards - Pursuit and arrest of escaped convicts.
Every officer and guard, regularly sworn, shall have power to pursue and arrest any escaped convict in any county of this state without a warrant. He may use such force or means as may be required under the circumstances to prevent the convict's escape by flight or to overcome his resistance. He shall have the same authority as a sheriff to summon persons to assist in making such arrest or to protect such convict from any violence after arrest.
(Code 1886, §4580; Code 1896, §4453; Code 1907, §6505; Code 1923, §3604; Code 1940, T. 45, §22; Acts 1951, No. 365, p. 660.)