Nationwide manhunt ends in Tennessee; prison bus escapees chased to ground

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Dubose and Rowe were being transported on a corrections bus in Putnam County, Ga., early Tuesday when authorities say they overpowered the drivers and killed them, prompting a manhunt that lasted days and put the region on edge.

The inmates also carjacked a 2004 green Honda Civic 4-door with a Georgia license plate RBJ6601 on Tuesday.

"We need the eyes and ears really of anybody in this country to be on the lookout", Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said. "These are risky, seriously unsafe, vicious hoodlums that need to be apprehended".

Special agent David Levalley of the FBI's Atlanta Division said federal authorities have joined local and state officials to help catch the escapees.

Ricky Dubose, 24, of Comer and Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, are finally in custody after killing Baldwin State Prison officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue and fleeing in a stolen vehicle.

Thirty to 40 minutes later, the camera showed them driving past in the pickup, Sills said. "We are looking for them anywhere they might be on planet Earth".

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier said, "Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family".

"They were then were able to overpower the two officers operating the bus and brutally shot them multiple times", Sills said.

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Officials said Dubose, 24, is also a hardened criminal despite his relative youth, and a member of the notorious "Ghostface Gangsters" white supremacist group. We know they took food there.

"They were inside the caged area of the bus", Sills said. There the two apparently stole a vehicle, which they drove to a house in Bedford County.

The pair shared a cell while in prison, but authorities say they can't be certain if that is where they hatched their escape plan. "They would do a crime and it would escalate".

Rowe is serving life without parole for armed robbery and Dubose is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Monica had worked for the facility for almost eight years after being hired in October of 2009.

If you see the truck or them, they are considered "armed and risky", and you should call, 911 or 877-WANTED2 (926-8332).

Corrections officials can not say for sure they did not plan this escape, although they stress the two should not have known they were being transferred Tuesday morning.

"It has become a nationwide search for these two individuals", he said.