BREAKING: 2 Cops MURDERED- Suspects On The Run In This State- Here’s What We Know

Georgia Department of Corrections tweeted a photo of the two inmates, Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, who are being sought by law enforcement after two prison guards were killed in Putnam County on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Georgia Department of Corrections )

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A manhunt is underway for two inmates who killed two prison guards in Georgia Tuesday.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s office said about 30 other inmates were on the prison bus when two inmates overpowered the guards, and one of the inmates shot and killed them in cold blood, Fox News reports. It is not clear which of the escaped inmates did the killing.

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The escaped prisoners have been identified as Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

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Rowe, whose nickname is “Whiskey,” was convicted of armed robbery and is in prison for life without parole. Dubose was also convicted of armed robbery. Rowe has been in prison since June 2002. Dubose has been in prison since July 2015.

The agency is urging people not to approach the men and to call 911 if they spot the pair.

The prisoners are armed with .40 caliber Glock pistols that belonged to the officers, Sheriff Howard Sills, Putnam County’s Sheriff’s Office, told Fox 5 Atlanta.

Authorities are searching for the suspects after the incident, which occurred southeast of Atlanta, Teresa Slade, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said. Slade said a witness saw the men escape in a dark green Honda with a Georgia tag: RBJ6601.

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has condemned the killings and said during a testimony before a Senate budget panel in Washington Tuesday morning that federal resources are being committed to help catch the fugitives.

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“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.

Here is the press release from the Georgia Department of Corrections:

Correctional Officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue tragically killed

Commissioner:
Gregory C. Dozier
Director of Public Affairs:
Joan Heath
Contact Name:
Jeal Salter
Contact Number:
(478) 992-5248
Contact Email:
Date:
June 13, 2017
STATE OF GEORGIA

Correctional Officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue tragically killed

Inmates escape

FORSYTH, Ga. – Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier has confirmed that early this morning, two inmates being transported between Hancock State Prison and Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, escaped from custody by overpowering two Baldwin State Prison Transfer Sergeants driving a state prison transport bus with a total of 33 inmates. The officers, Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, were disarmed by the inmates and were both shot and killed.

The inmates are believed to have carjacked a 2004 green Honda Civic 4 door, with GA License plate RBJ6601. If you see these fugitives or the vehicle, call 911 and do not approach.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family, and our priority is to locate these fugitives and bring them to justice for this heinous act against those working to protect the public,” said Commissioner Dozier. “We are utilizing full resources of our local, state and national partners and appreciate their support,” continued Dozier.

Christopher Monica, 42, began his career with Department of Corrections in October 2009 as a Correctional Officer at Hancock State Prison. He transferred to Baldwin State Prison in February of 2011. He was promoted to Sergeant at Baldwin State Prison in July of 2012. In July of 2016, Sergeant Monica accepted a job at the Transportation Unit in Milledgeville, Georgia. Sergeant Monica recently accepted a part-time position at Augusta State Medical Prison as well.

Curtis Billue, 58, began his career with Georgia Department of Corrections in July 2007 at Frank Scott Correctional Facility as a Correctional Officer. He later transferred to Georgia Diagnostic Classification Prison in August of 2009. Sergeant Billue transferred to Baldwin State Prison in October 2011. He accepted a position at the Transportation Unit in Milledgeville, Georgia, in March 2013.

Both officers were known for their unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family.

Please be advised of the following information on the escaped inmates, who are armed and dangerous. The public is reminded once again to remain vigilant and call 991 if you see these fugitives.

Donnie Russell Rowe, GDC #0001110632, is a white male, 6’1”, 181lbs with blue eyes and brown hair.  Rowe is serving Life Without Parole for the offense of armed robbery and was housed at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, Ga.

Ricky Dubose, GDC #1000492869, is a white male, 6’1”, 140lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. Dubose is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery and was housed at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, Ga.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Tragic. Rest in peace officers.

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