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.
A manhunt for two fugitives who murdered corrections officers during their escape from prison in Georgia came to a dramatic end in Tennessee.
A cash reward was being offered for information leading to the men’s arrest.
Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were captured in Christiana, Tennessee, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. Due to their tireless efforts, the public is safe. But he also turned his thoughts to the families of Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, who were gunned down Tuesday morning. “We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service”, he added.
The pursuit went along State Highway 231-South, then eastbound onto I-24 at the South Church Street ramp.
The inmates were apparently still in possession of the murdered corrections officers’ guns when they were captured, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release that the pair “will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our Officers”.
“Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, unsafe fugitives were captured and taken into custody”. The inmates were being transported in a prisoner transport bus Tuesday morning when they allegedly shot two corrections officers on board, stole their firearms and carjacked a green Honda Civic to escape.
“We’ve had an armed home invasion”, the Shelbyville, Tennessee, man says in the 911 call.
Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said the escaped inmates forced their way into the home and held an elderly couple hostage at gunpoint for about three hours.
The chase ended with a crash near Christiana, Tennessee. The chase continued for 10 miles, ending with the inmates crashing the stolen Jeep. 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. A massive manhunt was underway since Tuesday and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had even asked the public to cooperate. By the time of Thursday night’s arrest, the rewards for the two had grown to $130,000. The Georgia department of corrections said Rowe, 43, had been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015.
Dubose and Rowe have been captured.
The man credited by law enforcement with holding two Georgia prison escapees at gunpoint says he’s no hero.
Over the next two days, there were several reported sightings, from a Family Dollar in Madison (that was later confirmed to be true) to a rest stop in SC (that turned out not to be them), but no concrete idea of where they were – or where they might be headed. 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”.
The two men are suspected of killing prison transfer Sgts.
By 5 p.m., the fugitives left the home and stole a black Jeep, cops say. Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Park.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said there are a number of factors that will determine when the men can be returned to Georgia, and none of that was settled by early Friday.
They continued to monitor the interstate exit ramps into Thursday evening.
They most recently were housed at Baldwin State Prison near Milledgeville.
Authorities are asking the public to keep an eye out for the stolen 2008 white Ford F250 pickup truck with the Georgia tag BCX-5372. Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Geo.
“They’ve certainly had time to get out of the state”, Sills said.
The guards were named as Christopher Monica, a strapping 42-year-old, and Curtis Billue, 58, an experienced and highly-regarded prison worker. They then fled the residence in a vehicle belonging to the couple, who managed to free themselves and call police shortly after.