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Day 3: Manhunt continues for escaped inmates

Posted June 15

— Thursday marks the third day in the search for two escaped inmates accused of fatally shooting two corrections officers while being transported to another prison.

Donnie Russell, 43, and Ricky DuBose, 24, have been on the run since early Tuesday morning when they allegedly shot and killed the two corrections officers while being transferred to another facility by transport bus.

The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. on Highway 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, about 80 miles east of Atlanta.

They were able to get through a locked gate and overpower two officers, one of whom was driving the transport bus. They disarmed one of the officers and fatally shot both.

They eventually carjacked a driver of a green 2004 Honda Civic and were traveling in that vehicle before ditching it and stealing a white 2008 Ford F-250 with the Georgia license tag of BCX5372. That's the vehicle police believe they're currently traveling in.

The Honda Civic was later found in a wooded area behind a Rite Aid convenience store in Madison. It was found in a heavily wooded area less than two miles from the home that was burglarized by the escapees and about 1000 feet from the Lowe's parking lot where the Putnam County Sheriff held an evening press conference.

The corrections officers killed were identified as 42 year-old Christopher Monica and 58 year-old Curtis Billue. Monica had worked for the facility for nearly eight years after being hired in October of 2009. Billue was nearing his 10th anniversary with the facility after being hired in July of 2007.

The GBI says the reward for information leading to their capture has increased to $130,000.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the suspects, you're urged to call 911.

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