One of the prison guards that unfortunately fell victim and was killed by two inmates attempting to escape custody was hailed as a hero this week, as investigations uncovered that he had stood up to the inmates and refused to open the bus door for them, before he was tragically killed.
His partner had already been overpowered and killed minutes before. As the inmates wanted him to open the door so they could escape transport, Curtis Billue, 58, refused. According to other inmates on the bus, Billue acted like a hero, doing his job.
Billue was driving the prison bus, transporting around 30 criminals from one prison to another when the incident occurred.
The Daily Mail reports:
Inmates Ricky Dubose, 43, and Donnie Russell Rowe, 24, are accused of shooting Sgt Curtis Billue, 58, and Sgt Christopher Monica, 42, in Putnam County, Georgia.
Salter, who has interviewed the inmates for information, told WSBTV that even though Dubose and Rowe wanted to get off the bus, Billue refused to open the door to let them out.
‘They wanted off the bus, the door was not opened and he was shot,’ Salter said.
‘That driver’s family has nothing to be ashamed of.’
At Billue’s funeral on June 17, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier called him a hero.
‘We know he served in many roles, but hero comes to mind. Curtis Billue gave his whole life to protecting and serving others,’ Dozier said, according to The Telegraph newspaper of Macon.
Salter told the outlet he does not have much information about Monica yet, but he also has more interviews to conduct.
Based on his conversations with the other inmates on the bus, Salter has learned that the murder weapon was in a box in the officers’ compartment on the bus, but the lock on the door between the inmates and the officers was not locked, even before the escape.
Another source told WSBTV that a toothbrush was later found that could have been used to unlock the padlock on the door.
After escaping the guards, the two prisoners were on the run for three days, with a major police rush after them.
They were eventually apprehended in the driveway of homeowner Patrick Hale in Christiana, Tennessee. The homeowner saw the fugitives and grabbed his gun, forcing them to surrender to him until police came.