Georgia Manhunt Continues After Fugitive Inmates Kill Prison Guards


You murdered two prison guards and carjacked a taxpayer.

"We don't know what the outcome is going to be but I suspect it's going to be very risky situation with the next (law enforcement) encounter with the suspects", said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan. That tweet also states the reward is expected to increase. The sheriff's office did not say which of the two inmates fired the shots.

"The selflessness and courage of these two fearless souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service".

They are armed and unsafe; if you see them call 911.

Both inmates had been serving time at the Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville.

Investigators are trying to determine how Rowe and Dubose got free and reached the officers, Dozier said.

Law enforcement across the state and beyond are looking for two escaped prisoners who allegedly shot and killed two state corrections officers in Putnam County.

Billue leaves behind a father and brother. "They were both tenured officers", Dozier said.

Dozier said the inmates were being moved from a state prison in Hancock County to a diagnostic center in Jackson to determine their next placement.

"These two individuals have proven themselves to be extremely unsafe and with the murder of two correctional officers they are on the radar of all law enforcement in Georgia", he said. He appears to have a crown tattooed above his right eyebrow, writing above his left eyebrow and large letters covering the entire front of his neck.

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Donnie Russell Rowe has been serving a life sentence without parole since 2002 and Ricky Dubose began serving a 20-year sentence in 2015.

The suspects are now armed with the officers'.40 caliber pistols, according to police.

The corrections officers killed have been identified as 42-year-old Christopher Monica and 58-year-old Curtis Billue.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills had a message for Rowe and Ribose saying "I would suggest you surrender before we find you".

Officials say the two may be making their getaway in a dark green 2004 Honda Civic with Georgia plate RBJ660.

"My biggest worry is they're going to kill somebody else", Mr Sills said. When authorities arrived at the scene, the other prisoners were still locked on the bus with the doors closed.

The inmates were on a prison bus traveling on State Route 16 in Putnam County, when they overpowered the correctional officers on board, officials said.

The sheriff of Oconee County, whose jurisdiction is north of where the killings occurred, posted a message for the escaped convicts on Facebook. But as long as the suspects are still on the loose, he called the matter of who opened fire "immaterial" for now. It happened at about 5 a.m.

The two men overpowered and disarmed the guards around 6:45 33 inmates were being driven between prisons, Sills told reporters. "Words do not adequately express our sorrow in losing Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue in the line of duty".