Sheriff: Georgia inmates overpowered, disarmed slain guards

Sheriff: Georgia inmates overpowered, disarmed slain guards

The FBI, the GBI and other agencies said they are offering a $60,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the men identified as Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe.

The first call came in shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday as inmates apparently took control of a prison bus on Ga.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s office confirmed to 11Alive that two prisoners being transported on a bus were able to overpower the guards before killing them and escaping.

“I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers“. Officials believe the men are armed and risky and say that no other inmates attempted to flee.

Escaped inmates seen near a Family Dollar in Madison, Georgia. It named them as Curtis Billue, who joined the department in 2007, and Christopher Monica, who was hired in 2009.

The escaped prisoners carjacked this 2004 Honda Civic, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said. The Georgia Department of Corrections website states that Rowe was sentenced up to life in prison for convictions of armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case.

Alabama law enforcement alerted to be on the lookout for escaped inmates.

The shooting broke out around 5.45am, after the inmates took over the bus and disarmed the officers, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Arkansas state police said on Tuesday a suspect was in custody.

The bus was transporting inmates from Hancock State Prison in Hancock County to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Eatonton, about 45 miles away.

One corrections officer had been driving the large bus and the second officer was sitting up front, according to officials.

“An attack on any American law enforcement officer is an attack on every American law enforcement officer and the principles we all believe in”, Rosenstein said.

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

Dubose, who is 6’1′ and 140 pounds, was also convicted of a separate armed robbery, as well as fraud, theft by taking, trespassing, fleeing/eluding police and aggravated assault.

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

“No effort will be spared in pursuit of the killers, and no state resources required in this endeavour will be spared”, Deal said in a statement.