Published time: 13 Jun, 2017 17:32
A manhunt is underway in Georgia for two convicts who escaped from their transport bus after allegedly shooting dead two prison guards.
The Georgia State Correctional Officers were overpowered while transporting prisoners on Highway 16 in Putnam County, east of Atlanta, at 5.45am local time Tuesday. One of the suspects is believed to have shot and killed both guards, according to a statement from Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard R Sills said the convicts – Ricky Dubose, 24, and Donnie Russell Rowe, 43 – then carjacked a green Honda Civic and fled west towards the city of Eatonton. They are said to be armed with the officers’ pistols.
The sheriff's office in neighboring Oconee County is posting updates on Facebook which it says are coming directly from investigators on the scene in Putnam County.
Authorities clarified that some earlier media reports incorrectly stated that the men murdered were deputies and that the prisoners were on a work detail trip.
They also confirmed that all of the other inmates on the bus are in custody.
Rowe and Dubose both have convictions for aggravated assault and armed robbery. Dubose, a prisoner at Hays State Prison, is due for release in 2034. Rowe is serving a life sentence without parole in Valdosta State Prison.