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Escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee after manhunt

17 June 2017

A pair of inmates from Georgia suspected of killing two corrections officers during their escape from a prisoner bus this week have been captured in Tennessee after a chase that involved gunfire, authorities said. Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Georgia.

While they were on the run, the pair allegedly stole five vehicles, robbed two homes, tied up and terrorized an elderly couple; and led police on a chase where speeds reached 100 miles per hour, officials said.

The fugitives tied them up, and when the man tried to break free, they tied him up tighter, putting socks on his hands so he couldn't loosen his bonds, Swing said.

In this June 15, 2017 photo released by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, escaped Georgia inmate Donnie Russell Rowe poses for a booking photo in Tenn.

Protocol is to have two armed corrections officers on the bus, but the officers don't wear bullet-proof vests during transfers, Dozier said.

The men remained on the concrete until police arrived, which he said happened within three minutes.

The man and woman "are lucky they're alive", Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said.

Law enforcement officials earlier captured Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose, two escaped inmates wanted in the slayings of two Georgia prison guards.

Before their taste of freedom ended, Rowe and Dubose held an elderly couple hostage, officials told FOX 17 in Nashville.

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The dispatcher asks if they've been hurt or need an ambulance, and the man says no, "just get the police out here as quick as you can".

The capture put an end to a multistate manhunt that lasted almost 60 hours after the inmates escaped Tuesday morning in central Georgia.

Without a vehicle, Rowe and Dubose walked up a hill and reached a home in Shelbyville, about 30 miles from the Georgia -Tennessee border.

Deputies spotted the auto and chased it for 20 miles (32 kilometers) at high-speed, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said. Hale said that his vehicle resembles a police auto and may have led the inmates to surrender.

"We've had an armed home invasion", the man told a 911 dispatcher.

"True bravery is what's caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic end", Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said. One of them fatally shot Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue before fleeing in a stolen auto with the guards' 9 mm handguns.

Dubose and Rowe quietly crossed state lines between Wednesday and Thursday before they ditched the stolen truck in Moore County, Tennessee.

Hours before their capture, Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills said the public was in "grave danger" and that authorities did not know where the unsafe inmates were.

The slain Baldwin State Prison officers were Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009, and Curtis Billue, 58, who was hired in 2007, Georgia Corrections said.

Escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee after manhunt