Escaped Georgia Inmates Captured In Middle Tennessee

Escaped Georgia Inmates Captured In Middle Tennessee

Escaped Georgia Inmates Captured In Middle Tennessee

Authorities say Rowe and inmate Ricky Dubose escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Georgia.

Police found the fugitives, Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russel Rowe, and took them into custody after they invaded the home of an elderly couple in nearby Shelbyville, Tenn., about 58 miles south of Nashville, law enforcement authorities said in a news conference Thursday.

Two escaped inmates from Georgia have been captured after a chase in Tennessee, Thursday evening. With deputies in hot pursuit, the suspects fled so quickly that they left their guns in the couple's wrecked auto, running through trees to a nearby home, where they tried to steal another vehicle, authorities said. The man held the two at gunpoint with a neighbor he called for help until the sheriff's department could get there to arrest the fugitives.

Donnie Russell, 43, and Ricky DuBose, 24, were on the run since early Tuesday morning when they allegedly shot and killed the two corrections officers while being transferred to another facility by transport bus.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has put out a statement regarding the $130,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of two inmates wanted in the slayings of two guards on their prison bus.

The man who held the suspects at bay at gunpoint is set to speak at 5 p.m. Somehow they escaped the locked caged area, and reportedly entered the driver's compartment where they overpowered and disarmed the two Georgia Corrections Officers.

Likewise, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a press release, "We are relieved to know that these two risky individuals have been taken off the streets, and the public is out of harm's way". Police believed the suspects then stole a second auto in Morgan County, Georgia, near a home where they were believed to have broken into to change clothes, authorities said Wednesday.

Investigators are still on scene.

A myriad of federal, state and local law enforcement agents had been scouring the state and the country for Rowe and Dubose, both serving sentences that don't allow for parole.

Rowe and Dubose, armed with the officers' weapons, then allegedly carjacked a Honda Civic from a resident who was driving by, and fled west toward Eatonton, the sheriff's office said.

Once in Bedford County, the two convicted felons tied-up a couple up on Kindree Road in Shelbyville and then stole their black Jeep and sped toward Murfreesboro.

Rowe and DuBose reportedly then crashed the Jeep before fleeing into the woods.

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.

The two men were taken into custody after a auto chase, assured Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday evening.

That's when the escaped inmates left the auto and fled the area on foot - but were later captured at a home.

"We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service", Deal said.

Monica, 42, a sergeant, worked for the department for nearly eight years and leaves a wife.

Rowe was serving up to life in prison and Dubose up to 20 years in prison, officials said.

Both runaways have committed armed robbery and other crimes in the past.

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