Georgia Police Capture Escaped Inmates After Three Day Hunt

Jerome Frank
June 20, 2017

"The burden of danger is off and that is the greatest relief we have", Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said.

The men will be booked into the Rutherford County jail in Murfreesboro.

The chase began after DuBose and Rowe - twice cellmates at Baldwin State Prison - overpowered two correctional officers during a routine transport.

The head of Georgia's Department of Correction, Greg Dozier, declined to talk about how the prisoners where capable of overtaking the armed guards on Thursday.

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

Deputies did not fire back, and there were no injures in the gunfire, authorities said at a news conference that included representatives from the TBI, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the RCSO.

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

An intense three-day manhunt that began Tuesday morning in Putnam County, Ga., ended Thursday in rural Christiana, Tenn., which is about 50 miles southeast of Nashville. "I am grateful to everybody and thankful to God himself for minimizing any further harm to anyone".

"We've had an armed home invasion", the man said.

For almost three days, Morgan County was the headquarters for one of the largest manhunts in state history as law enforcement officers nationwide looked for two Georgia prison inmates who killed two correctional officers in their violent escape Tuesday.

Det. Sgt. Dan Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said at around 6 p.m., officers spotted a vehicle wanted in a carjacking in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

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Rowe and Dubose crashed the vehicle, bailed out and ran into the woods, a Tennessee Highway patrol spokesman said. They then came across a home set back on a long driveway. After fleeing on foot, the men were eventually held at gunpoint by a homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal.

A quick-thinking armed homeowner held two inmates accused of shooting to death a pair of armed guards at gunpoint until authorities could come arrest them on Thursday night.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh tells NewsRadio WGNS how the story and subsequent chase unfurled. "They would do a crime and it would escalate". My honest thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt.

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

Rowe was serving life without parole when he and Ricky Dubose somehow escaped from a prison truck cage, killed two guards and fled with their pistols early Tuesday.

"They then disarmed them and one of the subjects shot and killed both guards", Howard R. Sills, the Putnam County sheriff, said in a statement earlier this week. It was unclear whether they were still using the Ford F-250 when they were caught.

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. Gwyn was not immediately sure who would collect the reward.

Authorities warned that the men, who had escaped with the guards' 9 mm pistols, were considered very unsafe. Finally, the Cherokee crashed, the men left the vehicle and a foot chase ensued.

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

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

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