Manhunt sparked by slaying of prison guards, inmates' escape

A search is underway for two inmates who escaped Tuesday morning after killing two prison guards, Georgia Department of Corrections officials said.

One of the pair shot and killed correctional guards Curtis Billue, 58, and Christopher Monica, 42. Monica had been with the department since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007. It is not clear which of the escaped inmates did the killing. Rowe is described as a white man, 6'1, 181 pounds. He stands around 6-foot-2 and weighs 150 pounds.

Dubose was sentenced up to 20 years in prison for armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft in 2014, the website shows. There were 31 other Baldwin State Prison inmates on the bus at the time, some of whom are cooperating with the investigation, the sheriff said in an afternoon press conference.

Authorities are looking for two state prisoners who shot and killed the state prison guards assigned to a prisoner transport bus. Sills said the escapees appeared to have ditched the cellphone soon after. 16 when he saw the stopped bus and mistakenly thought the stopped bus was part of a work detail.

Deal said of the officers: "The selflessness and courage of these two fearless souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service". "He then flaggged down a vehicle".

Gov. Nathan Deal said the Putnam County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation with the help of multiple state, local and federal agencies.

"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. "My heart is still in the soles of my shoes".

The transport bus was heading from Hancock State Prison to Jackson in Butts County.

The names of the slain prison guards weren't immediately released.

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"They need to surrender before we find them", Sills said. "How they got through the locks and things up to that area I do not know". He said there's no reason to believe the two fugitives are in Madison County, but patrols have been stepped up to watch out for the two men. We need somebody to find this vehicle.

"They are risky beyond description", Sills told reporters Tuesday. We have no idea where they are. Then, they stole a vehicle and went west towards Eatonton. "And that's sad because some officer will have to answer for shooting him", Scarborough said.

Sparta Highway was blocked, and deputies were rerouting traffic to Texas Chapel Road in Putnam. He was sentenced to life without parole for an armed robbery charge.

Rowe and an accomplice robbed two men they had met at a strip club in Atlanta that night. Both are being sought by law enforcement.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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