Funeral set for prison guard killed in escape
- Author: Adam Floyd Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 5:57
Dubose's family has pleaded for the inmate to turn himself in. Authorities in Georgia have released another photo of Dubose, showing prominent tattoos.
Sills described the fugitives as violent repeat offenders who are extremely unsafe, having taken the guards' 9 mm pistols. When police stopped the vehicle on the interstate, the men took off on foot, where they were captured.
The convicted felons allegedly overpowered two veteran correction officers during the transport and shot and killed both men during the escape. Information collected states that both the inmates were serving life sentences in jail; they were serving their time at Baldwin State Prison.
Immediately after the killings early Tuesday, the pair carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind the bus on a rural highway. It is our honest hope that the reward helps promote the quick capture of the two inmates before they are able to harm anyone else.
Sills said the prisoners stole clothes from the home they burglarized but also ransacked the home to such an extent that it was impossible to determine what clothes might have taken or which ones they might now be wearing.
After the Ford F-250 was reported stolen, authorities viewed surveillance footage from a nearby store that showed them walking by before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Officials say the Honda was found hidden in a wooded area Wednesday afternoon. He was serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery and assault. Rowe and Dubose escaped from the Georgia Department of Corrections on Tuesday after as a prison bus was hijacked on Ga. The bus was taking them from Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, Georgia - about 75 miles southeast of Atlanta - to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson about 50 miles away.More news: Oklahoma Sooners Still Favored to Win National Title Despite Bob Stoops' Retirement
Law enforcement's efforts to find Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who face charges of murdering the officers after attacking them on a prisoner transport bus in Putnam County, "is only growing and we will be able to sustain it", Atlanta Special FBI Agent David LeValley said at the news conference. "Their blood on my shoes", said Sheriff Howard Sills. The last thing police know is that the pair stole a vehicle in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Curtis Billue and escaped from a prison transfer bus around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. According to the department, he worked with the Georgia Department of Corrections since 2009, the Olean Times Herald reports.
Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier said, "Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family, and our priority is to locate these fugitives and bring them to justice for this heinous act against those working to protect the public".
The reward for information leading to their arrest has been increased to $115,000.
"Literally every law enforcement agency in the state - local, federal and state is involved".
Sills said the escaped inmates had been inside a secured area of the bus.