Georgia manhunt: Authorities identify 2 slain prison guards

Law enforcement in Morgan County conducted a concentrated search on the south side of the city.

Recent photos show him with tattoos on his face and neck. It is not clear which of the escaped inmates did the killing.

Law enforcement across the state and beyond are looking for two escaped prisoners who allegedly shot and killed two state corrections officers in Putnam County.

Two inmates, Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose, escaped, Georgia Corrections tweeted this morning.

Authorities are searching for two inmates, 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose.

Sills said the two inmates got a head start by taking and tossing the Honda driver's cellphone and leaving the other 31 prisoners locked inside the bus.

The sheriff's office in Putnam County, about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta, said the two officers were killed along Georgia State Route 16 while transporting inmates during a work detail, WSB-TV reported.

The sheriff's office in neighboring Oconee County is posting updates on Facebook which it says are coming directly from investigators on the scene in Putnam County.

One of the inmates disarmed and fatally shot both correctional officers before the two prisoners made off with.40-caliber Glock pistols from the slain guards, commandeered a passenger vehicle that was stopped nearby and fled the scene, according to police and corrections officials. They were armed with the officers' weapons and are considered extremely risky.

"They're armed. They're unsafe". Both men worked as correctional officers at Baldwin State Prison, she said, and the department said they had an "unwavering commitment to their job" and their families.

"We don't know what the outcome is going to be but I suspect it's going to be very unsafe situation with the next (law enforcement) encounter with the suspects", said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan.

"Finally, I urge all those in the surrounding areas to be vigilant and cautious while the killers remain at large".

The sheriff cut off more questions, saying, "All right guys, we gotta go hunt". Curtis Billue, 58, had been a guard since 2007 and Christopher Monica, 42, joined the department in 2009. 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.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said the officers' courage would not be forgotten and vowed to bring their murderers to justice. "I have their blood on my shoes".

They're still investigating how the pair got free and overpowered the guards, according to Sills and Dozier.

"They were inside the caged area of the bus", he said.

"Today, two families lost everything in a heinous and senseless act of violence perpetrated at the hands of cowards", Deal said.

Billue and Monica were then shot and killed. Billue, a 10-year employee, is survived by a father, a brother and a sister, Dozier said.

Recommended News

  • Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Has Heated Exchange With US Attorney General

    Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Has Heated Exchange With US Attorney General

    In his testimony today before the Senate Intelligence Committee , Sessions - the U.S.'s chief law enforcement officer - told Sen. But the majority of the responses from Sessions went around in circles, and some on the committee grew clearly frustrated.

    President says Sessions did 'very good job,' comments on Mueller rumors

    Sessions also corroborated part of Comey's testimony during the hearing, but contradicted others. "I think so", Sessions replied. As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.
    Dodgers' Puig makes obscene gesture at Cleveland fans

    Dodgers' Puig makes obscene gesture at Cleveland fans

    After hitting the home run to right-center field, Puig appears to flip double middle fingers to someone in the crowd in Cleveland. Puig seemed unfazed by the prospect of being fined for the gesture by Major League Baseball.
  • U.S.  student freed from N. Korea in state of 'coma'

    U.S. student freed from N. Korea in state of 'coma'

    Warmbier's release reduces the number of Americans held in the North to three - Kim Hak-song, Kim Sang-dok and Kim Dong-chul. American visitors have often been detained in North Korea on charges of anti-state and other unspecified crimes.
    South Korea President to meet with Donald Trump at White House: Statement

    South Korea President to meet with Donald Trump at White House: Statement

    South Korean officials recently stumbled upon what is believed to be a North Korean drone that didn't make it back home. Moon added, "It would not be impossible for South Korea and Japan to build a future-oriented relationship".

    Rod Rosenstein: There's No Reason To Fire Special Counsel Mueller

    It was called the " Saturday night massacre " when on October 20, 1973 President Richard Nixon fired Attorney General Elliot L. He added , "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".
  • Trump May Block Comey's Testimony Via Executive Privilege

    Trump May Block Comey's Testimony Via Executive Privilege

    The fact that he has publicly admitted to having conversations with Comey would likely prove problematic for him. Flynn wasn't prosecuted because he was a "good man", to which Comey replied he agreed he was a good man.
    Cops: Suspect in 3 deaths may be involved in 2 more killings

    Cops: Suspect in 3 deaths may be involved in 2 more killings

    The victims were identified as 18-year-old Kylie Pifer , 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and their mother, Suzanne Taylor , Loeding said. Police say he is suspected in the deaths of the three women found dead Sunday night in a North Royalton home .
    Key takeaways from Sessions' testimony

    Key takeaways from Sessions' testimony

    Sessions said he "racked my brain" and had no meeting with any Russian in his capacity as a Trump campaign adviser. Some have said Sessions recusal should have prohibited him from firing former FBI Director James Comey .
  • The Golden State Warriors Unanimously Decided Against Visiting Trump White House

    On how he feels about Kevin Durant winning his first National Basketball Association title: "I'm not happy he won his first". Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said the experience of losing last year's Finals served them well this season.
    Qatar coach quits despite win over South Korea

    Qatar coach quits despite win over South Korea

    South Korea's coach Uli Stielike reacts during their Asian Cup final soccer match against Australia at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 31, 2015.
    AG Sessions:

    AG Sessions: "This is a Secret Innuendo Being Leaked Out There"

    He's been hounded by speculation over the possibility of a third meeting, with Democratic senators calling for an investigation. Instead he maintained that he was "not stonewalling", but "following the historic policies of the Department of Justice ".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.