GEORGIA -- Law enforcement are still searching for two inmates on a bus transporting prisoners across central Georgia.
Inmates Donny Russel Rowe and Ricky Dubose overpowered Officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, taking their guns, shooting and killing both.
The latest update on the Oconee County GA Sheriff's Office June 14, 2017 1 pm
UPDATE: A stolen white, 2008 Ford F-250, BCX 5372, standard cab with a dent in the right rear quarter panel and tool boxes down both sides has been positively linked to the escapee/murder suspects. The vehicle was taken from Morgan County in the Seven Islands Road area. There is no known direction of travel. There is an extended time frame for the theft.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Posted the following on facebook
June 16 at 1:46am · Murfreesboro, TN ·
Georgia inmates captured in Rutherford County
Two inmates wanted for murdering two Georgia Corrections officers fired at two Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies in a pursuit before they were captured Thursday night, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.
No one was injured in the shooting before fugitives Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Debose, 24, were apprehended in a rural area of southern Rutherford County off Interstate 24, Sheriff Fitzhugh said. The deputies did not return fire.
Earlier, neighboring Bedford County asked other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the suspects. Within two minutes, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle.
“When the deputies attempted to stop the car, the car fled onto Interstate 24,” Fitzhugh said. “During the attempt to stop them, our deputies were shot at by the suspect, damaging two RCSO vehicles. No one was injured or hit. We are very fortunate.”
The fugitives were located at a rural home where residents detained them and deputies took them into custody.
Fitzhugh said the work of the residents was fantastic.
“Our deputies did an outstanding job in pursuing and apprehending them,” Fitzhugh said.
Fitzhugh talked with Putnam County (Georgia) Sheriff Howard Sills, who was very appreciative.
“This was a brutal double murder of two correctional officers that occurred in my county,” Sills said. “In 43 years, this has been the most intense manhunt I’ve ever been involved in with the most resources with state, local and federal offices and obviously other states.”
“I was extremely fearful for other law enforcement officers in surrounding states,” Sills said. “It’s an ideal situation in the end. I am grateful to everybody and thankful to God himself for minimizing any further harm to anyone.”
Sills thanked the Rutherford and Bedford County Sheriff’s Offices and all the state, local and federal agencies who participated in the apprehension.