GA Gov. Deal: Fugitives will be brought to justice

Following a fatal attack on two Georgia Department of Corrections officers today, Gov. Nathan Deal vowed to deploy every state resource necessary to help capture two inmates escaped from custody. 

“Today, two families lost everything in a heinous and senseless act of violence perpetrated at the hands of cowards,” said Deal. “Words do not adequately express our sorrow in losing Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue in the line of duty. The selflessness and courage of these two brave souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service. Sandra and I mourn alongside their families and communities, and we offer our deepest sympathies to their loved ones. Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice. No effort will be spared in pursuit of the killers, and no state resources required in this endeavor will be spared. 

“Led by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, multiple local, state and federal agencies are assisting in the investigation. State law enforcement agencies involved in the manhunt include the Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. 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. Local law enforcement officers engaged in the effort include the Baldwin, Greene, Henry and Jasper Counties Sheriffs’ Offices and the Eatonton Police Department. 

“Finally, I urge all those in the surrounding areas to be vigilant and cautious while the killers remain at large. They are extremely dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts should immediately contact 9-1-1.”

Here's what happened:

A manhunt for two dangerous Georgia inmates is underway after authorities say the pair overpowered two guards, then shot and killed them. The guards are identified as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, both officers with the Baldwin State Prison. 

Authorities say the inmates, 24-year-old Ricky Dubose and 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe escaped after killing both guards early this morning in Putnam County. 

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According to the Sheriff's Office, the inmates were being transported when they overpowered the guards disarming both and then fatally shooting them. 

Authorities believe the inmates are now armed with the guards' weapons.

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