Manhunt underway for inmates accused of killing 2 prison guards

Oceane Deschanel
Junho 16, 2017

"They murdered two correctional officers", the sheriff said.

A spokeswoman for the corrections department identified the two guards as Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009, and Curtis Billue, 58, who was hired in 2007.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Stills announced that there would be a $90,000 reward for the arrest of both of the men.

Sills said the public's help in locating both vehicles is crucial.

Both escapees are considered by authorities to be armed with 9mm handguns, the ones taken from the corrections officers after they were shot to death on the bus.

The stolen Honda Civic was recovered near the scene of the house burglary on Wednesday afternoo. It turned up near a Madison, Ga. home where police say Dubose and Rowe dumped their prison whites and stole clothes.

"My biggest worry is they're going to kill somebody else", Sills said.

The reward for information leading to their arrest grew Wednesday to $115,000, contributed by multiple agencies.

Authorities confirm one of the escaped prisoners has ties to the "Ghostface Gangsters". Both men are said to be highly unsafe.

"This is a very fluid, nationwide investigation", he told reporters Wednesday.

Both fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, authorities in the U.S. state of Georgia claimed.

This is a photo of the auto in which they are believed to be travelling.

- A manhunt is underway for two escaped inmates accused of shooting and killing two Georgia prison guards in Putnam County early Tuesday morning. All Department of Corrections facilities across the state were put on lockdown for the foreseeable future.

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Sheriff Charlie Dougherty told local media on Monday the jail has been overcrowded for years and in need of repairs. Officials are still searching for a red or silver Dodge pickup that may have been used by Goodnight and Irvin.

Dubose is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery and aggravated assault and a 10-year sentence for theft by taking from Elbert County.

Dubose was also convicted of armed robbery. They may be armed with the officers' Glock pistols.

The deadly incident happened on Hwy.

How the two inmates managed to reach and overpower the guards remains under investigation, Sills said.

They and the other prisoners were being transported Tuesday to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, some 45 miles west of Eatonton.

They are believed to be traveling in a 2004 Honda Civic 4 door with GA license plate RBJ660 and grass green in color.

Donnie Rowe, the older of the two escaped prisoners, has the more violent history.

One corrections officer had been driving the large bus and the second officer was sitting up front, according to officials.

Authorities aren't saying which of the escaped inmates did the killing. 16 near Hancock County.

The U.S. deputy attorney general has condemned the slayings of two Georgia prison guards during testimony before a Senate budget panel. "How they got through the locks and things up to that area I do not know". "We have 32 inmates getting off the bus".

Local authorities in Jasper County, South Carolina, just north of Savannah, Georgia, said this afternoon that a potential sighting was reported in the area today, but South Carolina state investigators later said the sighting was not them.

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 Donnie Russell Rowe.

Georgia's top prisons official compared the slaying of two prison guards to losing family members.

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