Guards killed in Georgia prison escape
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 21:41
The license plate on the getaway vehicle is listed as RBJ-6601. They're unsafe. Call 911, don't approach them, ' Sills said Bus was carrying 33 prisoners going to various locations from the Hancock State Prison [READ: Departments send condolences after correctional officers killed] In July 2016, Monica accepted a job at the Transportation Unit in Milledgeville, Georgia. In a press conference, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the prisoners managed to get out of the bus cage and into the driver's compartment. Monica had been with the department for eight years and Billue was a 10-year veteran.
The bus also is equipped with security cameras, though Sills said authorities already know who killed the guards and reviewing the video Tuesday was not as important as "finding these two escaped, unsafe convicts".
As of early Wednesday, they'd been on the run for nearly 24 hours. "And they're distraught right now just as you and I would be".
Authorities are urging the public not to approach the men and to call 911 if they spot the pair.
Sheriff Sills had a message for the escaped inmates: "I would suggest you surrender before we find you". Before that, they are suspected of burglarizing a nearby house.
He says investigators have no reason to believe the two inmates have split up.
The FBI said the fugitives were last seen getting into a "grass green", four-door 2004 Honda Civic with the Georgia license plate number RBJ-6601, and driving west on state Highway 16 toward Eatonton, southeast of Atlanta.
Sills said his biggest concern is that the inmates are going to kill somebody else. They hijacked the bus between Sparta and Eatonton.
The sheriff was emotional as he recounted what he saw when he got there.
Deal said of the officers: "The selflessness and courage of these two courageous souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service".
'I have their blood on my shoes'.
Sills was asked about reports that one of the prisoners was connected to a gang.
At the state Capitol, Gov. Nathan Deal warned Georgians to be on guard.
"We lost two of our fellow officers, two of our kin".
"Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice", Deal said in the statement.
GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said multiple agencies have contributed to the reward fund, which she said is likely to increase.
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office, north of where the officers were killed, published a Facebook post encouraging the men to turn themselves in. What is done is done. "Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes went to both officers" homes here in Milledgeville on Tuesday. One of the inmates disarmed the officers, shooting Monica and Billue, before escaping.
"We've made contact with family members, but there is no evidence he has made contact with anyone", Patton said.