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Escaped inmates captured in Tenn., governor says

20 June 2017

Two inmates who killed their guards on a prison bus and escaped, prompting a huge manhunt across the state of Georgia, were captured in Tennessee on Thursday after being held at gunpoint by a homeowner.

Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were taken into custody Thursday after two residents held them at gunpoint when they discovered the men were trying to steal a vehicle from a central Tennessee home, Lt. Bill Miller from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said late Friday.

The suspects fled in the couple's vehicle and fired on sheriff's deputies chasing them on Interstate 24 about 50 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said. They ran on foot for another 6 miles until they came to a home set back from the road by a long drive when they attempted to steal another auto, Miller said.

The two men had been on the run since early Tuesday, when authorities said they somehow got through a door that should have been locked separating the guards from the inmates on the prison bus.

A tip from a couple who had been held hostage by escaped Georgia inmates and help from armed citizens led to their capture in Rutherford County Thursday night.

The homeowner and a couple of the neighbors approached Dubose and Rowe and held the men at gunpoint.

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'They just murdered two corrections officers in a brutal fashion, ' Sills said.

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.

Dubose and Rowe then ran from the auto into a wooded area along the interstate. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said he wasn't sure who would get the reward.

When the Georgia sheriff learned of the pursuit and later capture, he said, "I was extremely fearful for law enforcement officers".

The pair then traveled in a stolen vehicle to Tennessee and tried to to steal another vehicle.

Law enforcement officials said Dubose and Rowe performed a home invasion of an elderly couple in Bedford County around 2 p.m.

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Two Georgia inmates suspected of killing two corrections officers in an escape from a prisoner transport bus this week have been captured, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday. "I feel for (Georgia Sheriff Howard Sills) because of what he's going through with his department", said Fitzhugh. Then the two escapees, wanted for murder, fled on foot toward homes. Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue Tuesday while on a prison bus in Putnam County.

This all started Tuesday morning when investigators said Dubose and Rowe jumped the correctional officers, shot them and then broke out of the bus in Putnam County.

Georgia correctional officers Sgt. Curtis Billue, 58, (left) and Sgt. Christopher Monica, 42, were both shot and killed along Ga.

The two men are suspected of killing prison transfer Sgts.

"We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service", Deal said. Monica had worked for the facility for almost eight years after being hired in October of 2009.

Rowe, considered a sociopath by authorities, was described as a recidivist with a long list of convictions and was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes. Rowe has been in prison since 2002 with convictions including armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime and aggravated assault.

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Escaped inmates captured in Tenn., governor says