Two inmates who carried out the fatal shootings of two corrections officers on a bus Tuesday morning in central Georgia have escaped.
Massive Search Underway
A massive search is underway for Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24.
They rode a state corrections bus with 31 other inmates about 6:45 a.m. when the two got out of the tightly locked bus, gated rear section of the bus, officials said.
Rowe and Dubose reached the driver’s compartment and disarmed Officers, Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, while the bus was on State Route 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said.
One inmate shot Monica and Billue to death, Sills said. They may have knocked officers’ Glock pistols over.
“They are dangerous beyond description.” Sills told reporters Tuesday. “They need to surrender before we find them.”
Sills said later they took over a random house and stole some food and some clothes.
The sheriff was emotional as he recalled what he saw when he arrived at the site where the two officers were shot to death.
“I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers; that’s what I saw.” Sill said. “I have their blood on my shoes.”
Gov. Nathan Deal said the state will use all available means to manhunt the two inmates.
“Today, two families lost everything in a heinous and senseless act of violence perpetrated at the hands of cowards.” Deal said. “Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice.”
A $60,000 reward is being offered, the FBI office in Atlanta said.
The sheriff of Oconee County took to Facebook to ask the inmates to surrender and threaten them that the police would find them wherever they go.
“Donnie and Ricky, I hope you are reading this. What is done is done. However, I am asking you to surrender yourselves to the nearest law enforcement officer as soon as possible. You made your escape, but you won’t be out long…There is no one you can trust…and nowhere you can go that we won’t find you.” the sheriff wrote.