Police identify corrections officers fatally shot by escaped inmates
Posted June 13
PUTNAM COUNTY, GA — A multi-state manhunt is underway after two Baldwin State Prison inmates shot and killed two corrections officers on board a transport bus Tuesday in Putnam County, investigators said.
The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. on Highway 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, about 80 miles east of Atlanta. Authorities said the inmates were being transported when they overpowered the two officers, one of whom was driving the transport bus. They disarmed one of the officers and fatally shot both, officials said. Both suspects then carjacked a Honda Civic and fled the scene traveling west toward Eatonton.
31 other prisoners were aboard the bus and all stayed behind until officers arrived on scene.
The two escaped inmates are identified as 43 year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24 year-old Ricky DuBose.