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Sheriff: Georgia inmates overpowered, disarmed slain guards

Sheriff: Georgia inmates overpowered, disarmed slain guards

The prisoners disarmed the officers and one of the inmates shot and killed both guards, the sheriff's office said.

The slain officers were identified as Curtis Billue, 58, who joined the state corrections department in 2007, and Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009.

Law enforcement across the state and beyond are looking for two escaped prisoners who allegedly shot and killed two state corrections officers in Putnam County.

Both are believed to be armed with the officers' Glock pistols, the sheriff's office said. They hijacked the bus between Sparta and Eatonton.

The inmates are believed to have carjacked a 2004 green Honda Civic 4-door with a Georgia license plate RBJ6601.

Rowe and the other man also were charged with a robbery at the Interstate 75 rest stop in southern Monroe County on their way to Macon.

They were most recently jailed at Baldwin State Prison in Hardwick, a medium security correctional facility with a capacity of 925.

A representative from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office states the escapees broke into a home south of Athens and took clothing, leaving their prison uniforms behind.

His biggest concern Tuesday was that "they're going to kill somebody else".

Sills called the two men "dangerous beyond description" and said anybody who knows their whereabouts should call 911.




The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is offering $70,000 for information leading to their arrest. The driver was not hurt, she said.

Sills added: 'They need to surrender before we find them'.

The reaction to the escape was reminiscent of the escape of Brian Nichols from the Fulton County Courthouse in 2005 after killing a judge, a court reporter and a deputy - even down to the carjacking of a green Honda Accord.

"We do have confirmation that they were in the Family Dollar earlier this afternoon - around 2:30ish - and that's why we're doing the grid search both north and south of this location", Bish said.

The DOC release said that citizens should not approach these men because they took handguns from their shooting victims on Tuesday morning in Putnam County.

"Today, two families lost everything in a heinous and senseless act of violence perpetrated at the hands of cowards", said Deal. "I have their blood on my shoes".

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.

Residents were on high alert Tuesday night as officers searched a rural neighborhood for two escaped inmates accused of killing two correctional officers.

"I can't tell you how the gate got open".

Rowe, who also is known by the alias "Whiskey", was serving a possible life-sentence without parole for two counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of armed robbery following crimes in 2001 that happened in Macon-Bibb County.


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