Slain officer's brother speaks on Department of Corrections findings

Slain officer's brother speaks on findings

Two weeks ago, Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier says security breaches on a bus helped two inmates get loose.

Tuesday, Bruce Billue, the brother of slain officer, Curtis Billue, speaks out for the first time after the incident.

He told Gabrielle Dawkins that he's not buying the state's findings.

“Life has been somewhat difficult for us. My father took it real hard. A father don’t expect to bury a son,” says Billue.

Two months ago, Bruce Billue lost his brother Curtis. He’s one of the two corrections officers shot and killed during an inmate's escape.

“Curtis was an individual that had a high degree of integrity, a concern for looking out of others. He was very dependable and reliable,” says

Two weeks ago Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier discussed their investigation...

“They were able to use the alleged toothbrush to supposedly remove the unlocked padlock and enter the chamber of where the officers reside,” says Dozier.

However, Billue says the story isn't adding up.

“I find it highly impossible -- highly inconceivable -- that those individuals can remove the lock from the inside of that gate, and penetrate that gate with a toothbrush because of the physical makeup of the lock and the hinge that it was on,” says Billue.

He thinks that the two cellmates should have been handled differently.

“One had a history of escape and the other had a history of breaching handcuffs, and I wish to know why those individuals were not transported in a more confined, restricted area,” says Billue.

Curtis Billue was a dedicated caregiver to his 94-year-old father and mother when she was alive. According to his brother he started as a second lieutenant in the U.S Army and he reached the rank of Major in 11 years.

Curtis Billue leaves behind two sons and a family that loved him.

“If he was alive today?... I would tell him the same thing that I say now, 'I'm very proud of you,'” says Billue.

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