Armed inmates on the run after two correctional officers killed in Georgia

Candice Alexander
June 14, 2017

Two correctional officers were shot dead in Georgia, sparking a manhunt for two inmates who hijacked a prison bus and overpowered the guards before they escaped.

Two Georgia inmates serving long prison sentences and "dangerous beyond description" overpowered and killed two guards on a prison bus before fleeing in a stolen vehicle, authorities said.

"Today, two families lost everything in a heinous and senseless act of violence perpetrated at the hands of cowards", said Deal. It happened at about 5 a.m.

One of the prisoners, Donnie Russell Rowe, also known as Whiskey, is now serving a life sentence without parole. 16 early Tuesday has not been found.

"According to the City of Madison PD, the inmates broke into a residence there and got clothes, left their prison whites, and made their escape from there". And sheriffs statewide issued warnings to citizens as well as deputies on patrol.

A Georgia sheriff says authorities still have no idea where two escaped inmates wanted in the killings of two guards are right now. Born in 1973, Rowe was being held for life without the possibility of parole for multiple armed robbery convictions in Bibb County from October 2001.

"If they're not caught, then I may stay home in the morning until we see what's happened", Pritchett said.

The violent incident has drawn condemnation from far and wide.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has vowed to apprehend the convicts. "How they got through the locks and things up to that area I do not know". "Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice".

"An attack on any American law enforcement officer is an attack on every American law enforcement officer and the principles we all believe in", he said.

Dubose, 24, and Rowe, 43, stand accused of overpowering, shooting, and killing two guards on a prison bus at approximately 6:45 a.m. this morning. Up front, protected by what was supposed to be a locked metal gate, sat a pair of armed guards.

"I don't care if they're a member of the First Presbyterian Church. I have no idea".

One of the inmates shot and killed both officers, police said. Then, they stole a auto and went west towards Eatonton.

The US Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are involved along with several other agencies.

"He's very risky and he has nothing to lose and I think he will go down in a blaze of glory". Billue, a 10-year employee, is survived by a father, a brother and a sister, Dozier said.

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