Reward increases to $70000 for escaped inmates

Donnie Russell Rowe Ricky Dubose

Donnie Russell Rowe Ricky Dubose

He says investigators have no reason to believe the two inmates have split up.

Two prisoners involved in the fatal shootings of two corrections officers on a bus Tuesday morning in central Georgia apparently have ditched their prison uniforms for stolen clothes.

Law enforcement went door-to-door Tuesday morning informing people about what happened and urging them to lock their doors as the search continues.

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 Donnie Russell Rowe.

Both escaped inmates are serving long sentences for armed robbery and other crimes. He also had a robbery charge in Gwinnett County in that same month.

They may be armed with the officers' Glock pistols.

Protocol is to have two armed corrections officers on the bus, but the officers don't wear bullet-proof vests during transfers, Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said. The reward for information leading to their arrests continued to grow.

This happened on Hwy 16 West of Sparta near Eatonton around 5:45 a.m.

The inmates are believed to have carjacked a 2004 green Honda Civic 4-door with a Georgia license plate RBJ6601. It was carjacked shortly after the shooting. The pair reportedly overpowered the corrections officers, took their service weapons, and fatally shot them. 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.

This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections Tuesday, June 13, 2017, shows inmate Ricky Dubose.

Rowe is from Tennessee and Dubose has ties to northeast Georgia.

Two prisoners are now being sought.

Police are now looking for a truck that was stolen from the county where two escaped inmates were last seen. Bish said there was a confirmed sighting at the store, but witnesses were unsure whether the inmates left in a vehicle or by foot.

The command center for the investigation moved from Putnam to Morgan County after the burglary was reported, he said. And sheriffs statewide issued warnings to citizens as well as deputies on patrol. 31 other prisoners were on board the bus and they all stayed behind until officers arrived on scene. "We have 32 inmates getting off the bus".

"Both officers were known for their unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family", the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement.

"Everything is happening as we speak", she told The Telegraph by telephone.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga (WXIA-TV) - Two prison guards are dead after being shot and killed by prisoners in Putnam County.

Georgia is now investigating how two unsafe prisoners were able to overpower the guards.

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