Authorities say two inmates shot and killed two prison guards during a bus transport in Georgia and are now being sought by law enforcement.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teresa Slade says the two men overpowered and disarmed the officers, one of whom was driving the transport bus. The suspects then carjacked a dark green 2004 Honda Civic and fled from the scene shortly before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Authorities say the vehicle has a Georgia license plate that reads: RBJ6601.
The corrections officers were pronounced dead a short time later. Authorities identified the officers as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue in a tweet.
Remembering our two Baldwin State Prison officers tragically killed today – Christopher Monica hired 10-16-09 & Curtis Billue hired 7-16-07
— Georgia Corrections (@GA_Corrections) June 13, 2017
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said during testimony before a Senate budget panel in Washington 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,” he said.
CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports the escaped inmates were identified as 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky DuBose. Rowe was convicted on charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery. DuBose was imprisoned after he was found guilty of credit card fraud, armed robbery, theft and aggravated assault.
Detectives described Rowe as a white man who has brown hair and blue eyes. He stands around 6-foot-2 and weighs 150 pounds. DuBose is a white man who stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 150 pounds.
WGCL-TV reports both men are believed to be armed with .40-caliber Glock pistols that belonged to the officers.
Authorities are urging the public not to approach the men and to call 911 if they spot the pair.
SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press