Homeowner held escaped inmates at gunpoint

"The homeowner was alerted somehow, he looked outside and saw the suspects trying to steal his vehicle", Lt. Bill Miller from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said late Thursday.

Miller says the escaped Georgia inmates had crashed a vehicle while being chased by law enforcement and fled on foot into woods along Interstate 24 near the rural community of Christiana.

Authorities in Tennessee have released audio of a 911 call from a man who says his home was invaded by two escaped inmates from Georgia.

Luckily, the homeowner was armed, and after calling the police and his neighbors, they were able to keep the murderers at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested them.

The pair were being moved early Tuesday morning in a routine transfer when they escaped from the caged back area of the prison bus, overpowered and disarmed the two corrections officers responsible for driving, and fatally shot them, the authorities said.

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.

"At that point in time the homeowner stepped out and held the people there by gunpoint until another neighbor came to assist him", Miller said.

The saga began with what could have been a scene out of a movie: 33 inmates were riding on a Georgia corrections bus as they were being driven to another prison.

There they ate and took clothing and valuables when they left, the sheriff said.

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The pursuit went along State Highway 231-South, then eastbound onto I-24 at the South Church Street ramp. At left is Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn, and at right is Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ® commended the "tireless efforts" of law enforcement that led to the capturing of these "dangerous fugitives". He said they then tried to hide the vehicle with bushes and grass.

After three hours - leaving the couple bound - Dubose and Rowe took off again with the couple's cell phone and Jeep.

Around 2:30 p.m. Dubose and Rowe broke into a home in Shelbyville and tied up a man and woman.

Prison escapees Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe stopped running Thursday night.

The two men had been on the run since early Tuesday when they were accused of killing Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue. 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 two had previously been cellmates in a different Georgia prison. "We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service". - Picture courtesy of Georgia Corrections/handout via Reuters WASHINGTON, June 16 - A pair of U.S. convicts who overpowered and killed their guards in a brazen jailbreak in the southern state of Georgia were recaptured yesterday after a two-day manhunt, authorities said.

Authorities put up roadblocks, but the following day they discovered that the pair had allegedly stolen a white Ford F250 pickup from an industrial site nine miles from the burglary. Both were convicted of armed robbery and other violent crimes.

Rowe began serving a life sentence without parole in 2002 and Dubose began serving a 20-year sentence in 2015. Monica had worked for the facility for almost eight years after being hired in October of 2009.

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