Two Georgia Prison Guards Shot and Killed by Inmates; Suspects on the Run

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 )

ATLANTA, Ga. (FOX NEWS) – Two Georgia prison guards were killed by two inmates Tuesday in Putnam County, police said, and a manhunt is underway for the suspects.

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. It is not clear which of the escaped inmates did the killing.

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

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 and 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.

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.

“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.

The Georgia Department of Corrections identified the fallen officers as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue. Monica was hired in Oct. 2009 and Billue was employed in July 2007.


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

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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