Authorities have launched a manhunt for inmates Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, who they say managed to hijack a prison bus, overpower the guards, and escaped. The officers names have not yet been released, they were both found shot dead at the scene.
Both inmates had been convicted of armed robberies and assault charges. Each one was over 6″ tall and weighed accordingly. They were two of 34 prisoners who were on the bus, with only two guards there.
The two are now on the run, with police looking for them. They are believed to have escaped in a Green Honda, and could be anywhere in the state of Georgia.
The Daily Mail reports:
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.
The officers, whose names have not been released, were transporting prisoners on a work detail along Highway 16 near Eatonton when they were shot dead on Tuesday morning.
Authorities have launched a manhunt for inmates Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, who are believed to have escaped in a 2004 dark green Honda.
The shooting broke out around 5.45am, after the inmates took over the bus and disarmed the officers, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
One suspect shot both guards, before the two carjacked a 2004 Honda Civic and escaped, the sheriff’s office said.
The Georgia Department of Corrections released the mugshots of both Rowe and Dubose, urging members of the public to call 911 with any possible sightings.
They are armed with the correctional officers’ .40 caliber pistols and considered dangerous.
Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee arrived at the scene and told The Telegraph: ‘We’re trying to get this bus unloaded. We have 32 inmates getting off the bus.’
Rowe, who is 6’1″ and 181 pounds, was serving life without parole for an armed robbery. He was also convicted of aggravated assault and possession of firearms.
Dubose who is about 6’1″, 140 pounds, was also convicted of a separate armed robbery, along with fraud, theft by taking and aggravated assault.
They were most recently jailed at Baldwin State Prison in Hardwick, a medium security correctional facility with a capacity of 925.