Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

2 inmates remain on run after killing 2 prison guards

2 inmates remain on run after killing 2 prison guards

Authorities are on the lookout for two vehicles in connection with yesterday's prison guard fatal shooting and inmate escape.

Two guards, Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, were killed early Tuesday morning in Putnam County when two inmates were able to enter a caged area of a transport bus and disarm the guards. Hoping for a quick resolution, multiple law enforcement agencies have provided a $70,000 reward for information leading to the capture of 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose, whom Sills says are armed and "dangerous beyond description".

Sill said the suspects are now believed to be traveling in a white two-door Ford pickup truck that was reported stolen from an industrial site less than 10 miles from the sheriff's office.

The trailer hitch on the truck, in some manner, has been cut with a torch, the sheriff said.

"I'm sure (the keys) were left" in the truck, Sills said.

They were on a state corrections bus with 31 other inmates about 6:45 a.m. when the pair somehow got out of what should have been a locked, gated rear section of the bus, officials said.

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Sills, who called the prisoners "dangerous beyond description" after their Tuesday sunrise escape, told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that the fugitives were likely no longer in the area.

A massive search is underway for Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24.

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.

"He says the family also asks anyone who has information that may assist in apprehending these perpetrators to please contact law enforcement".

The inmates overpowered Baldwin State Prison officers Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, obtaining the officers.40-caliber-Glock pistols.

After they fatally shot their prison guards while being transported in Putnam County, they carjacked a Honda sedan and took off - leaving police baffled. Sills said evidence left at the scene led them to believe it was the two escaped inmates who took the truck.

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"I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers", Sills said.

The names of the slain prison guards weren't immediately released.

Gov. Nathan Deal said the state will use all available resources to track down the fugitives.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals have joined the investigation. He was serving a life sentence with no parole from a 2001 case in Bibb Co.

Dubose and Rowe, he said, might try to break into homes and steal clothing, so police were focusing on identifying those kinds of incidents. Dubose, a known gang member, has a lengthy criminal history that includes armed robbery and aggravated assault, as well as a host of financial crimes.

In August 2010, Dubose was charged with several fraud and theft charges in Madison County. Both men were serving time in Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, Georgia, for armed robbery, according to the corrections department. The Department of Corrections website indicates Rowe has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose began a 20-year sentence in 2015.

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