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Tennessee homeowner holds escaped Georgia prison inmates at gunpoint until authorities arrive


"You survived. You did a good job". "[The escapees] told them that they would probably be dead in 24 hours and they didn't have anything to lose". And it ended because of armed homeowners who helped police capture the killers.

Donnie Russell Rowe, an escaped Georgia prisoner, was apprehended in Tennessee on June 15, 2017.

On Thursday morning, Sills reiterated that "the public is in grave danger". Authorities say two escaped inmates from Georgia have been captured after a crash on Interstate 24 and a foot pursuit in Rutherford County Thursday evening.

"Somehow the couple broke free and notified authorities and that was absolutely critical", Josh DeVine with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations told reporters. No one was wounded, Miller said.

(Elbert County Sheriff's Office via AP). This homeowner and his neighbor held the two suspects until authorities arrived and were able to successfully capture them. Along with the high speeds, two Sheriff's Office's vehicles were shot at by the suspects. He didn't draw his weapon, he said.

"Two extremely unsafe people, well-armed and traveling at high speeds throughout our community was a grave concern and we acted accordingly and they were soon captured by us and other agencies", Goodwin said.

"We need the eyes and ears of everybody really in this country to be on the lookout for these two individuals", Sills said earlier today. Finally, the Cherokee crashed, the men left the vehicle and a foot chase ensued.

The pair was eventually captured in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles, thus bringing a multi-day manhunt that spanned multiple states to a close.

The wreck followed a chase in which the escapees fired on Rutherford County deputies. One of them fatally shot both guards, and then they jumped out of the bus and carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind them on a state Highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, authorities said.

The man and woman "are lucky they're alive", said Bedford County sheriff Austin Swing.

In his statement, Deal wrote, "Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, risky fugitives were captured and taken into custody", said Deal.

Authorities say the men overpowered two guards on a prison transport bus Tuesday and grabbed their guns.

At the time of the shooting, 31 other inmates were on board the bus, which was en route to a diagnostic facility when the escape took place.

Officials said Dubose is also a hardened criminal despite his relative youth, as well as being a member of the notorious "Ghostface Gangsters" white supremacist group. Rowe had been serving a life sentence without parole for armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime, and aggravated assault.

Veteran correctional officers Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58, were killed near Eatonton, Ga., around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Monica and Billue were transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison. Several SUVs were hit, but no one was injured, Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said.

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