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Georgia inmates kill 2 guards, flee transport bus

Georgia Inmates Kill 2 Guards, Flee Transport Bus

Georgia corrections tweeted these photos of escaped inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose. (Photo: Twitter.com)

A manhunt was underway in Georgia after two inmates fatally shot two prison guards Tuesday and escaped from a transport bus, authorities said. The Georgia Department of Corrections said Donnie Russell “Whiskey” Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, fled from the bus in Putnam County. The sheriff’s office confirmed the prisoners overpowered the guards before killing them and escaping on Highway 16 near Eatonton, about 75 miles southeast of Atlanta. Sheriff s Office spokeswoman Teresa Slade told the Associated Press the incident occurred about 7:23 a.m. ET on Tuesday. She said a witness saw the men escape in a dark green Honda that apparently was carjacked.

The corrections department identified the murdered guards as Christopher Monica, a guard since 2009, and Curtis Billue, who would have marked his 10th anniversary with the department next month.

“Remembering our two Baldwin State Prison officers tragically killed today,” the department posted on Twitter. Dubose is serving a 20 year sentence for armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft from a 2014 case. In August of 2010, he was charged with several fraud and theft charges in Madison County. He also had a robbery charge in Gwinnett County in that same month. Rowe has been in prison since 2002 with convictions including armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime and aggravated assault.

Baldwin State Prison is a medium-security prison in Hardwick about 25 miles south of Eatonton.

Authorities urged people not to approach the men if seen, but to call 911. The U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were among agencies involved in the manhunt.

Reed reports for WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Bacon for USA TODAY in McLean, Va.

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