Authorities: Inmates captured after chase, crash

Manhunt expands for 2 escaped Georgia inmates

Two escaped inmates who killed two Georgia Department of Corrections Officers in Middle Georgia have been caught.

Officers have recovered the Honda Civic the pair carjacked after Tuesday's killings. The truck has Georgia tag, BCX 5372.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday that the two escapees, armed with guns taken from the murdered prison guards, are a grave danger to the public. "These are risky, seriously unsafe, vicious hoodlums". David LeValley, agent in charge of the FBI's Atlanta office, told reporters that "we are expanding, not shrinking, our effort to find these individuals".

Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose are the inmates accused of shooting and killing two Georgia correctional officers in Putnam County. He said he didn't know how they got through the locked cage to overpower the guards.

"We can assume they don't have money", Sills said "They are doing like most escapees do".

The head of Georgia's Department of Correction, Greg Dozier, declined to talk about how the prisoners where capable of overtaking the armed guards on Thursday. The inmates got into a wreck, left the vehicle and then led police on a foot chase before both men were taken into custody in the community of Christiana, she said. He also has "ghost" tattooed on his right forefinger and "face" on his right pinky finger, signs of membership in the Ghost Face Gangsters.

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Authorities urged the public to be vigilant, and warned against approaching them.

Sills said there's no visible evidence - an apparent reference to video from a security camera on the bus - showing that other inmates participated.

The convicted felons allegedly overpowered two veteran correction officers during the transport and shot and killed both men during the escape.

Since Tuesday, law enforcement officials said they'd tracked Dubose and Rowe to a rural home, which they broke into while the owners were away.

Rowe, a repeat offender now serving life without parole, was imprisoned after being convicted on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Authorities warned that the men, who had escaped with the guards' 9 mm pistols, were considered very unsafe. "As [Tuesdsay] went on, and I learned more and more about these two officers and met their families, I realized that the impact of these cowardly acts is far-reaching". The Department of Corrections said Rowe, 43, has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015.

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