Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

2 officers killed on prison bus, 2 inmates on run — Georgia manhunt


"I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers, that's what I saw", Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said during a Tuesday news conference.

Authorities previously said Rowe and Dubose were also spotted at a Family Dollar in Morgan County, where they also burglarized a home. 'They've certainly had time to get out of the state, ' Sills said.

"My biggest worry is they're going to kill somebody else", Sills said.

At last report, the inmates had commandeered another vehicle, possibly a Honda, and were headed toward Eatonton.

The FBI, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are offering a $35,000 reward for each man.

"The selflessness and courage of these two fearless souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service". They took some food and likely some clothes, leaving their prison uniforms behind, Sills said. Greg Dozier, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, said one of the men is a "validated gang member", though he did not specify whom.

The inmates, 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose, are risky criminals according to police. "We see our officers as our family", Dozier said.

Gov. Nathan Deal said the state will use all available means to manhunt the two inmates. They disarmed one of the officers and fatally shot both. He has crowns inked above his eyebrows, a star below his right ear and graffiti-style letters all across his neck.

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After the shooting, the two prisoners carjacked a green 2004 four-door Honda Civic with Georgia license plate RBJ6601. They were armed with the officers' weapons and are considered extremely unsafe.

Monica and Billue were both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.

Investigators believe inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose took a white, 2008 Ford F-250 pickup from a business off Interstate 20 in north-central Georgia's Morgan County on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, authorities said.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe should be considered armed and unsafe. He said the guards were shot on the bus.

The prisoners breached a protective gate on the bus to reach the officers, before disarming and killing them both, the sheriff's office said.

In the meantime, authorities did not know where the location of the inmates.

The violent escape prompted a massive manhunt.

Two inmates who carried out the fatal shootings of two corrections officers on a bus Tuesday morning in central Georgia have escaped.

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According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, officers Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58, were hired in October 2009 and July 2007, respectively.

Donnie Russell Rowe (on Right) and Ricky Dubose (on Left) are the suspects. Officers with the U.S. Marshals Task Force are on standby waiting for verification that Rowe and Dubose are actually there.

Rosenstein said federal resources are being committed to help catch the fugitives. His neighbors said he talked about changing positions, working in the guard shack instead of transporting inmates.

Armed with the officers'.40-caliber Glocks, Rowe and Dubose stopped the first passerby and stole that individual's auto, which is described as a 2004 grass-green Honda Civic with the license plate RBJ-6601.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Dubose or Rowe should call 911.

The truck was stolen between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, while the business was closed.

Sills says the green Honda still hasn't been recovered and it's unknown whether the two men are still traveling together.

It wasn't immediately clear why the prisoners were being transferred.

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The sum is being offered for information leading to Rowe and Dubose's arrests.

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