Armed Homeowners Capture Suspected Georgia Cop Killers

Armed Homeowners Capture Suspected Georgia Cop Killers

(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP).

Two escaped Georgia prison inmates on the run since Tuesday are back behind bars. The pair were arrested by Rutherford County sheriff's deputies at the Christiana home and taken to the county jail.

Rowe and Dubose were on a state corrections bus with 31 other prisoners Tuesday morning when the two somehow got out of what should have been a locked, gated rear section of the bus, police said.

Georgia's Sheriff Sills commented, "This was a brutal double murder of two correctional officers that occurred in my county".

Dubose is seen left in an earlier photo, before he got his distinctive tattoos (right).

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Authorities hold a news conference held at a truck stop Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Christiana, Tenn.

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.

The homeowner on Pruitt Road saw Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky DuBose, 24, attempting to steal a auto from his home. "In 43 years, this has been the most intense manhunt I've ever been involved in with the most resources with state, local and federal offices and obviously other states".

The inmates were caught following a vehicle chase in Tennessee, one state to the north of Georgia, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said on Twitter.

Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said the suspects fired shots, striking several cruisers, but his deputies weren't hit and didn't return fire to avoid endangering other motorists. 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. The chase of the two suspects soon came to an end when the vehicle they had carjacked crashed, causing them to flee into the woods.

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The trooper said the homeowner looked outside and saw the two allegedly trying to steal his auto. This homeowner and his neighbor held the two suspects until authorities arrived and were able to successfully capture them.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a statement that Rowe and Dubose "will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our Officers". They disarmed one of the officers and fatally shot both.

When the Georgia sheriff learned of the pursuit and later capture, he said, "I was extremely fearful for law enforcement officers".

"We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service", Deal said. A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Thursday he wasn't sure who would collect the reward.

Baldwin State Prison transfer sergeants Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue were slain.

Two escaped inmates sought in the murder of prison guards were captured in Tennessee on Thursday, RadarOnline.com can reveal.

Late Tuesday night, about 12 hours after the home burglary, the pair stole a Ford pickup truck from a rock quarry about 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) from the burglarized home when the trail had gone cold.

But the agency says authorities have not decided how to disperse the reward, which comes from multiple law enforcement agencies. According to the order from the governor's office, Sgt. Billue served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for 10 years.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the inmates fled from the bus near Eatonton, about 70 miles southeast of Atlanta.

The two were considered to be friends in prison and shared a cell together. Rowe has been in prison since 2002 with convictions including armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime and aggravated assault.