Inmates Kill 2 Prison Bus Guards And Escape, Georgia Sheriff Says

Left to right Escaped inmates Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe

Two prison guards died Tuesday morning in their escape from a bus on Georgia 16 in Putnam County.

Veteran correctional officers Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58, were killed in the incident.

A local resident was driving along Hwy. Sills confirmed that it was a routine transport and not a work detail.

Gov. Nathan Deal said the state will use all available means to manhunt the two inmates. The escapees pointed their guns at the man driving the auto, but left him unharmed as they stole his vehicle and drove off to the west. It had a UGA plate on the front of the auto.

The Putnam County Sheriff's office says about 30 other inmates were on the transport bus when two inmates overpowered the guards, and one of the inmates then fatally shot them.

An expanding manhunt is underway for Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24.

In August 2010, Dubose was charged with several fraud and theft charges in Madison County.

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Rowe, 43, is 6-foot-1 and 181 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He was in prison for armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime and aggravated assault. Born in 1973, Rowe was being held for life without the possibility of parole for multiple armed robbery convictions in Bibb County from October 2001.

The first was Sgt. Steven Floyd, a veteran DE corrections official who died in February during a day-long hostage standoff at a state prison. Baldwin State Prison is in Hardwick, Ga. and is a medium security prison built in 1976. It has a capacity of 925 inmates.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals have joined the investigation. The Honda was found later, intentionally hidden in woods not far from the burglarized house, Sills said. "They could be headed anywhere".

How the two inmates managed to reach and overpower them is a matter for the Corrections Department to investigate, said Sills, insisting that all he cares about right now is bringing the fugitives to justice.

"They're unsafe criminals, and we need the public's help in locating these vehicles and these individuals", Sills said. "I have their blood on my shoes".

Donnie Russell Rowe, serving life without parole, and Ricky Dubose, who has prominent tattoos on his face and neck, took a white pickup truck from an industrial site sometime between 6pm Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday. Sills urged the public to study the latest photos released of Rowe and Dubose, taking particular note of crown tattoos above Dubose's eyebrows. Some were seen headed into a wooded area nearby.

Sills said it's likely the pair has left the Madison area.

"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 told a Senate budget panel in Washington Tuesday morning. Reward money for information leading to their arrests continued to grow.

Sills added: 'They need to surrender before we find them'.

Monica, 42, a sergeant, worked for the department for nearly eight years and leaves a wife. 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. Dubose had a prior arrest in the area but no family connections, the sheriff said.

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