Law enforcement officers were stationed along local Interstate 85 exits on Thursday after reports that two escaped inmates sought in the killing of guards in Georgia could possibly be traveling the road in this direction, although there was no solid evidence to confirm that suspicion, authorities said. The suspects, 24-year-old Ricky Dubose and 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe, were prison inmates who overpowered the officers, then allegedly shot them to death.
Georgians can breathe a little easier now that two desperate and risky escaped prison inmates who had been on the run for three days are now back where they belong - behind bars. We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service.' Thankfully the 2 escaped prisoners have been captured without anymore bloodshed. The two men crashed, fled, and tried to steal another auto from a driveway.
Two escaped inmates Ricky Dubose (left) and Donnie Russell Rowe (right) are seen in these Georgia Department of Corrections photos released after their escape from Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, Georgia, on June 13, 2017.
The inmates have been cellmates a couple of times in Georgia's prisons, had known each other for "quite a while" and may have planned the escape together, Department of Corrections Assistant Commissioner Ricky Myrick said.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills offered his condolences to the families of the fallen officers and those who were victim to the escaped inmates. "It's the two people from Georgia, escapees".
The capture of Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe. 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.
The FBI was involved in a nationwide search after authorities suspected the escapees had fled Georgia.
Investigators say Rowe and Dubose invaded the home of an elderly couple yesterday.
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Local authorities said the hero residents, who held the escapees at gunpoint, were very fearless.
The escape of the armed men prompted a manhunt that lasted almost three days, spanned several states and put the region on edge.
Authorities have said Rowe and Dubose overpowered and disarmed the two guards as they were transporting 33 inmates between prisons.
"We are looking for them anywhere they might be on the planet Earth", Sheriff Sills said at an afternoon news conference. The inmates took the couples' Jeep and left, but after about 15 minutes, the man freed himself and called the sheriff's office, Swing said.
Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller says that's when the fugitives tried to steal another vehicle. TBI's Gwyn said Thursday he wasn't sure who would collect the reward.
The corrections department identified the victims as Christopher Monica, 42, who began working there in 2009, and Curtis Billue, 58, who would have marked his 10th anniversary with the department next month. Rowe is from Lewisburg, about 20 miles west of Shelbyville.
The reward for information leading to their capture had been gradually increased from US$60,000 to US$130,000.
Dubose had been serving time after being convicted of financial identity fraud, credit card fraud, burglary by forced entry, theft by taking and entering a vehicle, aggravated assault, and armed robbery. Monica had worked for the facility for almost eight years after being hired in October of 2009.