Two inmates on the run in Georgia after
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[June 14, 2017]
By Gina Cherelus
(Reuters) - Police in Georgia mounted an
intense search on Tuesday for two escaped inmates who overpowered and
shot to death a pair of armed guards aboard a prison bus, then fled with
both officers' guns into the surrounding countryside, authorities said.
Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, both serving time for armed
robbery, escaped around 5:45 a.m. in rural Putnam County, about 70 miles
(110 km) southeast of Atlanta, as they were being transported between
two prison facilities with 31 other inmates, authorities said.
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 car that was stopped nearby
and fled the scene, according to police and corrections officials.
The driver of the carjacked vehicle was not hurt. All the remaining
inmates who were aboard the bus remained in custody, law enforcement
Hours later, the pair broke into a home in Madison, Georgia, where they
stole clothing and left their white prison uniforms behind, authorities
said. The local sheriff addressed the fugitives directly via Facebook.
"You made your escape, but you won't be out long," Oconee County Sheriff
Scott Berry said in a statement. "There is no one you can trust ... and
no where you can go that we won't find you."
The slain officers were identified as Curtis Billue, 58, who joined the
state corrections department in 2007, and Christopher Monica, 42, who
was hired in 2009.
"No effort will be spared in pursuit of the killers, and no state
resources required in this endeavor will be spared," Governor Nathan
Deal said in a statement.
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Two escaped inmates Ricky Dubose (L) and Donnie Russell Rowe (R) are
seen in these Georgia Department of Corrections photos released
after their escapte from Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta,
Georgia, U.S., June 13, 2017. Courtesy Georgia Corrections/Handout
Both escapees were housed at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville,
Georgia. Rowe had been there since 2002 serving a life sentence
without the possibility of parole for armed robbery and other
offenses. Dubose had been in prison since July 2015 serving a
20-year term for armed robbery, according to the corrections
Separately, four Oklahoma inmates, including a suspected murderer,
escaped from the state's Lincoln County Jail on Monday.
Also on Monday, a decorated, 15-year veteran Arkansas police officer
was fatally shot in a town about 90 miles (140 km) northeast of
Arkansas state police said on Tuesday an 18-year-old suspect was in
custody. The suspect, who was not publicly identified, fled the
scene of a car break-in and shot the officer during a police
pursuit, police said.
(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Additional reporting by Jon
Herskovitz in Austin, Texas, and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles;
Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Peter Cooney)
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