Two correctional officers killed in Georgia, police hunt for 2 inmates
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Two Georgia correctional officers were shot and killed on Tuesday by two inmates who then escaped, authorities said.

The two correctional officers were killed after they were overpowered while transporting prisoners on State Highway 16, which bisects Putnam County in central Georgia, about 70 miles southeast of Atlanta.

"I can confirm that we are currently looking for two white males in a dark green Honda Civic that have escaped and they are armed," said Putnam County Sheriff spokeswoman Teresa Slade.

Slade would not identify the escaped inmates but the Georgia Department of Corrections tweeted on Tuesday that police were searching for two white men, Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose.

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)