2 Putnam County inmates kill prison bus guards, 31 others volunt - CBS46 News

2 Putnam County inmates kill prison bus guards, 31 others voluntarily wait hours instead of escaping

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Officials aren't aware of how the prisoners were able to access the "cockpit" at the front of the bus--whether the gate was mistakenly left unlocked, if it was picked, broken or breached by some other measure. Officials aren't aware of how the prisoners were able to access the "cockpit" at the front of the bus--whether the gate was mistakenly left unlocked, if it was picked, broken or breached by some other measure.
Escaped prisoners Donnie Russell Rowe (left) and Ricky Dubose (right) were two of 33 inmates being transported in a bus Tuesday morning when they overpowered two corrections officers on board, stealing their firearms and carjacking a green Honda Civic. Escaped prisoners Donnie Russell Rowe (left) and Ricky Dubose (right) were two of 33 inmates being transported in a bus Tuesday morning when they overpowered two corrections officers on board, stealing their firearms and carjacking a green Honda Civic.
PUTNAM COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Escaped prisoners Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose were two of 33 inmates being transported in a bus Tuesday morning when they overpowered two corrections officers on board, stealing their firearms and carjacking a green Honda Civic.

The pair was later apprehended Thursday night in Tennessee.

Officials say the 31 other prisoners did not interfere and voluntarily stayed on the bus--despite having the opportunity to escape--and waited hours for authorities to arrive on the scene.

The incident occurred on Highway 16, which goes east-west through the center of Putnam County. Putnam County is just southeast of metro Atlanta, and Highway 16 was temporarily closed.

The inmates were missing since 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 13.

Officials aren't aware of how the prisoners were able to access the "cockpit" at the front of the bus--whether the gate was mistakenly left unlocked, if it was picked, broken or breached by some other measure.

The two slain corrections officers were identified as Christopher Monica (hired 10-16-09) and Curtis Billue (hired 7-16-07).

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