Putnam Co. Sheriff: ‘I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers.’

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EATONTON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills is leading the investigation into what happened to two Georgia Department of Corrections officers after they were shot and killed, but he’s doing so with a heavy heart.

“I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers that’s what I saw,” said Sills. “I have their blood on my shoes.”

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Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills has been in law enforcement for a long time.

“First thing I saw was blood running out on the street–out of the bus,” said Sills.

But it doesn’t make what he saw an easier to bear.



“Then of course the bodies of the two officers inside the bus,” said Sills.

Baldwin State Prison Transfer Sergeants 42-year-old Christopher Monica and 58-year-old Curtis Billue had both been with the department for nearly 10 years.

“It was particularly gruesome,” said Sills. “Obviously I’ve seen many murder victims and terrible things before. It just hits you a little harder when it’s an officer in uniform.”

It hurts the entire Georgia Department of Corrections, who honored Monica and Billue at a ceremony Tuesday.

“It’s an unending situation and I just feel terrible for their families and the officers that worked with them,” said Sills.

Sills says they’re searching nationwide for inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who are accused of shooting and killing Monica and Billue on a prison transport trip Tuesday morning.