Sheriff: Escaped inmates stole another vehicle

Sheriff: Escaped inmates stole another vehicleā€¯

Police say Donnie Russell Rowe (W/M 6'1 181 pounds) and Ricky Dubose (W/M 6'1 140 pounds) are the suspects.

"They just murdered two corrections officers in a brutal fashion", Sills said.

This photo provided by the Elbert County Sheriff's Office taken on October 13, 2015 shows inmate Ricky Dubose.

The family of a Georgia prison guard killed when two inmates escaped their prison bus is anxious about the other law enforcement officers now searching for the fugitives.

Law enforcement across the region - and the nation - have been tapped in the massive manhunt.

Of the two, the tacky-tattooed Dubose will be easiest to find.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. (NBC) - Two prison guards are dead after being shot and killed by prisoners in Putnam County.

CORRECTS SOURCE TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN SIGNOFF- This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections Tuesday, June 13, 2017, shows inmate Ricky Dubose.

The search for two Georgia prison inmates who killed two guards and stole a pickup truck has expanded nationwide, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said on Wednesday.

The lethal escape transpired around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday as the two deceased guards were transporting 33 inmates between prisons in Putnam County, Georgia.

Sills was emotional as he described the initial scene to reporters. "They murdered two correctional officers", said Sills. "I still have their blood on my shoes".

Authorities also are looking for another vehicle they said the pair carjacked Tuesday after escaping the bus: a green, 2004 two-door Honda Civic with Georgia license plate RBJ6601.

"We lost two of our fellow officers, two of our kin".

"So, they have known each other quite a while", Georgia Department of Corrections assistant Commissioner Ricky Myrick said.

The convicts are said to be "dangerous beyond description" and potentially killed two guards on the bus.

Investigators will analyze footage from video cameras on the bus to determine how they got free and who pulled the trigger, the sheriff said.

Sills said the Honda has not been recovered, and he can not say whether Rowe and the heavily tattooed Dubose have split up in separate vehicles or are traveling together in one, most likely the truck.

However, Sills later said police have not confirmed they were in the store.

A $70,000 reward is being offered for information leading to their arrests.

The slain guards were identified as Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.

Monica was with the Corrections Department for almost eight years, while Billue was a 10-year veteran of the department, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. "They're a frequent occurrence, the kind of things that every day these transports are taking place", he said. According to Texas officials, Shana Tedder, another veteran corrections official, died Friday "from an apparent medical emergency" while at a prison.

It is standard protocol to have two officers - armed but not wearing ballistic vests - transport prisoners on a bus, said Dozier with GDOC.

Monica, 42, a sergeant, worked for the department for nearly eight years and leaves a wife. Billue, a 10-year employee, is survived by his father, brother and sister, Dozier said.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that Jim Green, an attorney speaking for Billue's family, said, "Officer Billue's family asks for prayers for all of those who are now placing their own lives at risk to bring these men to justice".

Deal said Wednesday that he remains confident that the two men will be caught.

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