Homeowner held inmates at gunpoint

Homeowner held inmates at gunpoint

The inmates were being hunted in the killings Tuesday morning of two prison guards who were overpowered, disarmed and shot to death on a prison bus southeast of Atlanta.

Authorities had offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to their arrests.

"Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, risky fugitives were captured and taken into custody", Deal said in the press release.

ADDS THAT ROWE IS AT TOP AND DUBOSE AT BOTTOM - This photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows the arrest of the two Georgia fugitives Donnie Rowe, top, and Ricky Dubose, bottom, in Christiana, Tenn., Thursday, June 15, 2017. Due to their tireless efforts, the public is safe. "We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service".

The murderers fired their weapons at the police as they tried to speed away, but eventually they crashed the stolen vehicle into the woods and ran toward a nearby home.

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

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release that he was relieved the two inmates were captured and no longer a threat to the public.

They ultimately left the truck in Tennessee and stole a white sedan, which they abandoned near the hostages' home, Swing said. She says Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose held an elderly couple captive and then fled in the couple's vehicle. He says the two inmates took off their shirts and waved them as if they were surrendering, then got face down on his concrete driveway without saying a word.

Two escaped inmates sought in the murder of prison guards were captured in Tennessee on Thursday, can reveal. Donnie Russell Rowe, 42, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were caught after a vehicle chase, reports the AP.

The saga began with what could have been a scene out of a movie: 33 inmates were riding on a Georgia corrections bus as they were being driven to another prison.

The deceased officers were identified as Sgt. Curtis Billue and Sgt. Christopher Monica.

The capture put an end to a multistate manhunt that lasted almost 60 hours after the inmates escaped Tuesday morning in central Georgia. TBI's Gwyn said Thursday he wasn't sure who would collect the reward.

The Department of Corrections website indicates Rowe has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose began a 20-year sentence in 2015.

The inmates were found in Christiana, Tennessee, some 300 miles away from Putnam County Georgia, where they escaped. Officials credited two neighbors for holding Dubose and Rowe at gunpoint until they arrived. Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue were fatally shot.

"We've been running pretty hard for the past three days", Madison County Sheriff's Capt. Jimmy Patton said Friday. David LeValley, agent in charge of the FBI's Atlanta office, told reporters that "we are expanding, not shrinking, our effort to find these individuals".

And the trucker wasn't alone in seeing these two men. Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Park.

The capture was a relief to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who said the county's work isn't done.

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