2 officers killed, 2 inmates on run in Georgia

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2017

The prisoners are armed with.40 caliber Glock pistols that belonged to the officers, Sills told Fox 5 Atlanta. Those men were the only two corrections officers aboard.

A spokeswoman for the corrections department identified the two guards as Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009, and Curtis Billue, 58, who was hired in 2007.

The inmates have been identified as 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose. Early Tuesday afternoon they picked up the trail.

It wasn't immediately clear why or for how long they were at the Hancock prison, or why they were being taken to the diagnostic prison.

The Department of Corrections reported that Dubose has a record that includes burglary, identification fraud, theft, robbery, eluding police and obstruction. Rowe was convicted of armed robbery and aggravated assault in Bibb County in 2001, according to the DOC web site.

The violent incident has drawn condemnation from far and wide.

Sills said the two inmates got a head start by taking and tossing the Honda driver's cellphone and leaving the other 31 prisoners locked inside the bus on state Highway 16.

The governor urged residents of surrounding areas to remain "vigilant and cautious" until Dubose and Rowe are found.

"Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice", Deal said in the statement.

The U.S. deputy attorney general has condemned the slayings of two Georgia prison guards during testimony before a Senate budget panel.

A $60,000 reward is being offered, the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Atlanta tweeted.

Two inmates are on the loose in Georgia after killing two prison guards during a bus transport Tuesday morning. There was a gate between the officers and the inmates.

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