The manhunt for the two Georgia Inmates who killed two corrections officers before escaping has come to an end, authorities say.
The two inmates who escaped, Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were finally apprehended into custody after a car chase in Rutherford County. The chase reigned in a shootout as officers and the criminals exchanged gunfire and inevitably ended in a crash.
The two suspects then fled the vehicle and led law enforcement running after the fleeing inmates as they ducked into woods near an interstate. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said that after a brief standoff with authorities the suspects finally surrendered. Fortunately, none of his officers were wounded in the apprehension outside of the two which the convicts killed before their escape.
Sills said, “I'm happy. I'm elated, but I'm still tremendously sad about these (deceased) officers.” He went on to say the capture nearly 60 hours after the inmates escaped in Putnam County in central Georgia.
Sheriff Sills said both Dubose and Rowe abandoned a truck they stole in a carjacking in Madison, Georgia, about 260 miles away in Moore County in Tennessee on Thursday. From that point, the two apparently stole a car, which they drove to a house in Bedford County.
They robbed an elderly couple there and stole another vehicle. In a long reign of terror and crime, the public is fortunate not to have had any more fatalities from these monsters who had zero regards for private citizens or their wellbeing.
It was shortly after the theft of the vehicle from the elderly couple that law enforcement saw the stolen car on the interstate and the chase began on Interstate 24. It didn't take long in hot pursuit for the criminals to begin shooting at the officers and as the officers fired back the suspects crashed before finally surrendering.
The duo escaped on Tuesday when they were on an inmate transport with 31 other prisoners when they managed to unlock a locked rear gate and free themselves from containment. From that point the two criminals then entered driver's compartment, overpowered and eventually disarmed Officers, Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, as the prison transport was still moving on State Route 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, police said.
While they're not certain which one pulled the trigger, shots were fired and two officers were killed. Sergeant Christopher Monica, 42, worked for the department for almost eight years and leaves a wife behind as a widow. Billue, 58, a 10-year employee, is survived by his father, brother, and sister, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said.
Rowe was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case. Dubose was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for armed robbery, aggravated assault, and theft in 2014. He also was convicted of theft and identity fraud in cases from August 2010.
They had just left the Baldwin State Prison near Milledgeville. Along with other prisoners that were being transported Tuesday to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, some 45 miles west of Eatonton, the fatal crime spree began.