Inmates kill prison guards, escape during bus transport

Inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose

Inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose

But Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says the fugitives who escaped from a prison bus did commit a burglary in Madison, about 25 miles north of the spot where they previously seen carjacking a motorist.

The correctional officers killed were identifed as Christopher Monica, 42, an eight-year veteran and Curtis Billue, 58, a 10-year veteran.

Authorities say Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, carjacked a getaway vehicle and are armed with the officers'.40 caliber Glock pistols.

The bus also is equipped with security cameras, though Sills said authorities already know who killed the guards and reviewing the video Tuesday was not as important as "finding these two escaped, risky convicts".

According to CNN, authorities say Dubose and Rowe overpowered the correctional officers around 5:45am, taking their weapons.

Greg Dozier of the state corrections department said Monica and Billue were both good officers who left families behind. The shooting happened this morning on Highway 16 just west of Sparta near Eatonton. The FBI said the fugitives were seen getting into a "grass green", four-door 2004 Honda Civic with the Geor.

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office also posted a letter to the inmates on their Facebook page.

Sills said later the duo had ransacked a random house, took some food and may have stolen some clothes. Baldwin State Prison is in Hardwick, Ga. and is a medium security prison built in 1976. Monica had been with the department since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.

"My biggest worry is they're going to kill somebody else", Sills said. The two men are considered extremely risky.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says the amount is likely to increase.

"We're trying to get this bus unloaded", Massee said about 9 a.m.

Authorities in Georgia have released another photo showing prominent tattoos on one of the two escaped inmates accused of overpowering and killing two guards on a prison bus.

Investigators will analyze footage from video cameras on the bus to determine how they got free and who pulled the trigger, the sheriff said. It was not clear which of the escaped prisoners shot the guards.

Governor Nathan Deal, GA, offered condolences to the families of the slain guards and said that neither they nor their service will be forgotten. "I still have their blood on my shoes". "They need to surrender before we find them".

Authorities are searching for two inmates, 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose.

Dubose was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft in 2014, the website shows.

In Washington, Rod Rosenstein, deputy director of the U.S. Department of Justice, referred to the killings while speaking to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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