Two prisoners have sparked a national manhunt after overpowering guards and escaping a bus.
Police say Ricky Dubose (W/M 6'1 140 pounds) and Donnie Russell Rowe (W/M 6'1 181 pounds) are the suspects.
The Georgia Department of Corrections said it is is mourning two of its officers after two inmates shot and killed them Tuesday morning.
Georgia corrections officials have released the names of two inmates being sought by law enforcement after two prison guards were killed during a bus transport.
A $90,000 reward is being offered for information leading to their arrests.
Authorities in Georgia and across the country are searching for two escaped inmates who allegedly murdered two corrections officers in Putnam County during a transport Tuesday morning.
The Putnam County Sheriff's office confirmed to 11Alive in Atlanta that two prisoners being transported were able to overpower the guards on the bus before killing them and escaping.
This happened on Hwy 16 West of Sparta near Eatonton around 6:45 a.m. when there were 33 prisoners and two guards on the bus.
Authorities have said 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose overpowered and killed 42-year-old Sgt. Christopher Monica and 58-year-old Sgt.
The auto is described as a green 2004 Honda Civic with Georgia license plate RBJ6601.
Sills said Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe broke into a house off USA 441 in Morgan County and left their prison clothes behind at about 10:30 - 11 a.m. Tuesday. "We are utilizing full resources of our local, state and national partners and appreciate their support, ' he said.Officials said Monica began his career with the Department of Corrections in October 2009 as a correctional officer at Hancock State Prison".
CORRECTS SOURCE TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN SIGNOFF- This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections Tuesday, June 13, 2017, shows inmate Ricky Dubose.
Monica and Billue are the first Georgia prison guards killed since 2012 when an inmate stabbed Telfair State Prison correctional officer Larry Stell to death, Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said. Billue, a 10-year employee, is survived by his father, brother and sister, Dozier said. Sills said the fugitives took some food and likely some clothes, since they left their prison uniforms behind. He was emotional as he described encountering the slain officers, recalling that their blood was still on his shoes.
Later on Tuesday, the manhunt shifted about 25 miles to the north to the city of Madison, where Mr Sills said the two men burgled a house and then two men fitting their descriptions were reportedly seen in a Family Dollar store less than a mile away. GBI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and United States Marshals out of the Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force are investigating.
Both escaped inmates were serving long sentences for armed robbery and other crimes.
"They need to surrender before we find 'em", Sills said.
Sills agreed with reporters that Dubose will have trouble hiding his prominent tattoos, which include crowns above his eyebrows, a star below his right ear and graffiti-style letters all across his neck. Since 2002, Rowe has been serving a life sentence without parole.