Escaped Georgia inmates captured in Tennessee
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 17:00
Gov. Deal's tweet read that the fugitives are "in custody following vehicle chase" in Tennessee. They then robbed an elderly couple and stole another vehicle.
Sometime after the escape and carjacking, the men are believed to have ransacked a house perhaps 30 miles from where they left the bus, Sills said.
At around 7:55 p.m. ET Thursday, authorities have confirmed that the two inmates were spotted in Shelbyville, Tennessee, about an hour south of Nashville. That ended a massive manhunt which spanned multiple states.
Two US inmates who were on the run since Tuesday after shooting dead two prison officers have been captured, officials say. Due to their tireless efforts, the public is safe.
Both the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal tweeted that the inmates are now in custody. - It was a dramatic end to a nightmarish scenario spanning two states and involving thousands of law enforcement officers. A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation promised the two will be headed back to the state very soon.
"It has become a nationwide search for these two individuals", he said. Both were convicted of armed robbery and other violent crimes, and they've been cellmates a couple of times in Georgia's prisons according to Fox News.
The reward for the capture of Rowe and Dubose was increased to $130,000. The Department of Corrections said Rowe, 43, had been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the inmates fled from the bus near Eatonton, about 70 miles southeast of Atlanta.
The sheriff became emotional Tuesday (June 13) as he recounted the scene when he got to the bus. "I have their blood on my shoes".
"We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service", Deal said.
As of Thursday, authorities had not discussed any charges against the fugitives. Both officers worked at Baldwin State Prison, according to the GDC.
The escapees are wanted for the prison bus murders of two corrections officers: Sgt. Chris Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue.
The other 31 inmates have been questioned, and a camera on the bus recorded the COs being shot, but corrections officials have not explained to the public how the pair managed to get through the normally locked door of the inmate compartment to attack the guards.
"They are extremely traumatized", Swing said of the couple. They ask citizens in the area to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.