Escaped inmates now believed to be traveling in stolen truck
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 12:41
'They just murdered two corrections officers in a brutal fashion, ' Sills said. "I have their blood on my shoes", Sills said, adamantly noting that Rowe and Dubose need to surrender before they are found.
Two Baldwin State Prison inmates that overpowered a pair of corrections officers on a prison transport bus Tuesday in Putnam County remained the focus of a nationwide manhunt Wednesday.
A Georgia sheriff says authorities still have no idea where two escaped inmates wanted in the killings of two guards are right now.
The sheriff said the men are armed with pistols that they took from the guards. They are risky beyond description. They were discovered by a homeowner who called his neighbor and they each grabbed a gun.
Sills said the green Honda still hasn't been recovered, and it's unknown whether the two men are still traveling together. His biggest fear, he said, is that they're going to kill someone else.
EATONTON, Ga. (AP/WSB-TV) - ABC affiliate WSB-TV is reporting that there is a large police presence outside of the Family Dollar in Madison, Ga. where the two were last seen.
Sills said he's spoken to officials in Virginia and Texas. He said a reward for information that leads to their arrest has been raised to $90,000.
Billue was was with the Georgia Department of Corrections for 10 years and Monica had eight years of service.
How the two inmates managed to reach and overpower the guards remains under investigation, Sills said.
'They were inside the caged area of the bus, ' Sills said. "How they got through the locks and things up to that area I do not know".
"We see our officers as family".
Dozier said both officers leave behind families and described them as "great officers".
Monica was picking up extra shifts to support his wife, who hasn't been able to work because of declining health, according to a GoFundMe page set up to support his wife, two daughters and grandchildren.
PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. (NBC) - Two prison guards are dead after being shot and killed by prisoners in Putnam County.
Gov. Nathan Deal said the state will use all available resources to track down the fugitives.
Deal said of the officers: "The selflessness and courage of these two fearless souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was testifying Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill, decried the attacks during his appearance before a Senate subcommittee. Joining them are our federal partners from the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The truck has a dent in the right rear quarter panel and toolboxes down both sides. Dubose, a known gang member, has a lengthy criminal history that includes armed robbery and aggravated assault, as well as a host of financial crimes. Rowe, 43, is meant to be serving a life-long sentence, while 24-year-old Debose is two years into his 20-year sentence.
The photo of 24-year-old Ricky Dubose released by the Elbert County Sheriff's Office shows tattoos above his eyebrows and across his neck.