Putnam County, GA - Two correctional officers were murdered Tuesday morning by inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose who then escaped.
According to WFTV9, the inmates and correctional officers were working a detail. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said that the inmates murdered two corrections officers. The incident occurred along GA 16 while transporting prisoners during a work detail.
The suspects stole the guns from the corrections officers and carjacked a vehicle. Both suspects are armed with 40 caliber Glock pistols and at large.
A massive manhunt is underway for the two inmates involved in the incident, Ricky Dubose, and Donnie Russell Rowe, who were last seen in a dark green 2004 Honda Civic RBJ6601.
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that he was providing federal resources for the manhunt.
"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 murdered corrections officers were identified as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue.
At the time of the shooting there were 33 inmates who were reportedly present on the prison bus. All inmates are being interviewed about the incident.
Donnie Rowe was serving life without parole for two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during crime, and now he has murdered a hero. He is originally from Tennessee and is a known sociopath.
Donnie Rowe is described as a white male, 43 years old, 6'1", 181 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes.
Ricky Dubose was serving time for aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary, four counts unlawfully entering vehicles, two counts of identity theft, two counts of fraudulent credit card usage, robbery, theft, four counts of credit chard theft, criminal trespassing, eluding police, obstruction, and more. He is originally from Comer, Georgia.
He was last sentenced for robbing a disabled veteran who was shot in the hand during the robbery, according to Online Athens.
Ricky Dubose is a known member of a white supremacist prison gang, Ghostface Gangsters.
Dubose is described at a white male, 24 years old, 6'1", 140 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes.
The Oconeed County Sheriff's Office posted an open letter to the suspects on their Facebook page:
Donnie and Ricky,
I hope you are reading this. What is done is done. However, I am asking you to surrender yourselves to the nearest law enforcement officer as soon as possible. You made your escape, but you won't be out long. Every lawman in the Southeast is looking for you.
Every citizen in the Southeast is looking for you. You may have help hiding out for a few days, but someone is going to snitch you out and then we will find you. There is no one you can trust...and no where you can go that we won't find you.
You murdered two prison guards and carjacked a taxpayer. Why wait, spending hours and days looking over your shoulder and wondering when we will kick the door in.
Stop now, dial 911 and turn yourself in peacefully.
If either suspect is seen, DO NOT MAKE CONTACT, call 911 immediately.
UPDATE: The suspects burglarized a home in Madison and stole clothing. There is now a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killers.
UPDATE: The suspects were seen in a Madison area Family Dollar earlier on Tuesday, according to 11 ALIVE news. Officers cleared the entire shopping plaza and are focusing on the nearby wooded area.
It's unknown if the suspects even left on foot, or if they left in a vehicle. The green Honda has still not been recovered.
All available law enforcement officers from the area are involved in the search. Officers are also checking other locations in Madison where the suspects could be hiding out.
Just after 2 PM Madison Police Department confirmed that there was a "heavy police presence" on Cox Road, according to 13WMAZ.
The reward has now increased to $60,000.
UPDATE: The area around The Family Dollar has been cleared without the suspects being located. Law enforcement is now en route to the Conyers for an unconfirmed sighting.
UPDATE 06/14: The reward is up to $90,000 and the suspects are believed to have stolen a white Ford F250 super duty GA/BCX5372.
UPDATE: Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose are in custody!
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