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.

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"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.

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