Two Georgia inmates on a transport bus got out of a locked prisoner area, overpowered two correctional officers and shot and and killed the guards in front of 31 other prisoners yesterday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The fugitives, Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe, went on to carjack a vehicle, break into a home, dump their prison clothes and escape again. A nationwide search is underway for the inmates, who have a long history of violent crimes.
The FBI, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are offering a $35,000 reward for each man. The slain Baldwin State Prison officers were Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue. The deadly shootings happened about 6:45 a.m. yesterday morning. All Department of Corrections facilities across the state were put on lockdown for the foreseeable future.