Unclear when inmates will return to Georgia

(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP).

Officers arrested Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose in the rural community of Christina, Tennessee, ending a multi-state manhunt that kicked off when the pair escaped Baldwin Prison on Tuesday.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones emphasized that the report of local whereabouts was unconfirmed with no eyewitnesses, but all law enforcement agencies in the region are staying abreast of any developments in the manhunt.

(Georgia Department of Corrections via AP).

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

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.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said on Twitter that they had been captured and the state's governor indicated that they had been detained in the neighbouring state of Tennessee.

Earlier in the day, the inmates tied up a couple and held them at gunpoint inside a home near Shelbyville and stayed there for about three hours, eating food and stealing clothes and jewelry.

"They actually wanted the couple to make up a scenario like it was someone else, and threatened that they would be back if they didn't", said Bedford County Tennessee Sheriff Austin Swing.

Rowe and Dubose managed to elude police until Thursday.

Dubose and Rowe then fled into a wooded area and made their way to another nearby home.

The trooper said the homeowner looked outside and saw the two allegedly trying to steal his auto.

"We've got Moore County involved, Bedford County and Rutherford County".

It's a sobering morning for Rowe and Dubose who were captured after escaping a department of corrections bus and allegedly killing two officers.

Not long before authorities tracked them to an area outside Nashville, cops say Donnie Rowe and Ricky DuBose tied up a husband and wife and held them at gunpoint in their own home.

Law enforcement officers saw that stolen vehicle and a chase ensued until the escapees crashed and ran from the wreck. "We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service".

During the chase, the fugitives fired several rounds at RCSO deputies, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine. Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Geo.

Officials said that Rowe and Dubose overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue on Tuesday on a bus that carried 33 prisoners southeast of Atlanta. The fugitives then locked up 31 other inmates and jumped out with the guards' 9 mm Glock pistols, carjacking a driver who happened to pull up behind them.

Signs of the fugitives turned up hours later and 25 miles (40 kilometres) north, in Madison, where authorities found the house ransacked and, hours later, the pickup stolen. Police were offering $130,000 for information leading to their arrest. Gwyn said Thursday he wasn't sure who would be collecting the money.

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.

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

Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday the public was in "grave danger" and that the authorities had no knowledge regarding the inmates' location.

  • Jon Douglas