NYSCOPBA adds to Ga. prison break reward fund

It's been two days since an audacious prison escape in rural Georgia left two guards dead and two fugitives on the loose.

Police responded and started chasing the pair. "It's because the public is in grave danger", Sills said prior to the capture of the two.

"I'm happy. I'm elated, but I'm still tremendously sad about these (deceased) officers", Sills said about the capture almost 60 hours after the inmates escaped in Putnam County in central Georgia.

The inmates have been cellmates a couple of times in Georgia's prisons, had known each other for "quite a while" and may have planned the escape together, Department of Corrections Assistant Commissioner Ricky Myrick said.

Sills described the fugitives as violent repeat offenders and extremely risky, having taken the guards' 9 mm pistols.

A cash reward was being offered for information leading to the men's arrest.

The two convicted armed robbers, Donnie R. Rowe and Ricky Dubose, had been on the run since about 6:45am Tuesday, when their escape prompted a nationwide manhunt that drew a reward of US$130,000.

Sills said the prisoners stole clothes from the home they burglarized but also ransacked the home to such an extent that it was impossible to determine what clothes might have taken or which ones they might now be wearing. [READ: "Slain officers know for 'unwavering commitment to their job"] Monica and Billue were both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.

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Police believe they are now in a white pickup truck and could be anywhere in the country.

David LeValley, FBI special agent in charge of the Atlanta office, said the manhunt had been expanded.

Funeral arrangements have been made for one of two prison guards killed when two Georgia inmates escaped from a prison transfer bus this week.

Monica, 42, is survived by his wife.

According to Sills, evidence confirmed that Dubose and Rowe burglarized a residence near where they ditched the vehicle. "Literally every law enforcement agency in the state - local, federal and state is involved".

Rowe and Dubose, armed with the officers' weapons, then allegedly carjacked a Honda Civic from a resident who was driving by, and fled west toward Eatonton, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators have already examined more than 100 leads ranging from Texas to Virginia, Sills said.

Sills said the two inmates overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue early Tuesday on a bus that should have been secured as it carried inmates between prisons.

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