Escaped Georgia inmates captured after crash, foot chase

"They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our officers", Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release.

They stole at least four vehicles, tied up an elderly couple after invading their home and led the police on a high-speed chase, the authorities said. The men are accused of murdering two prison guards while being transferred Tuesday in Georgia and managed to escape on foot. He said one of the men had tattoos on his face.

"The pain endured by the families and loved ones of Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue endures, however", Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said in a statement.

Authorities said the two inmates overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue early Tuesday on a bus that should have been secured as it carried inmates between prisons.

The couple held hostage by Georgia inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who were armed and on the run for over 48 hours after one of them shot and killed two correctional officers Tuesday, made a dramatic call to 911 on Thursday that led to the unsafe prisoners' capture.

Federal, state and local authorities pleaded with the public Thursday to keep an eye out for the two men and the white pickup truck.

At left is Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn, and at right is Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

Two Georgia inmates who killed their guards and escaped from a prison bus before rampaging across the U.S. have been captured in Tennessee.

He tells the dispatcher they weren't injured, saying, "I don't need an ambulance".

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles told KOMO the suspects eventually made their way to Tennessee where they held a couple hostage in their home for an undisclosed amount of time.

Law enforcement officials said Dubose and Rowe performed a home invasion of an elderly couple in Bedford County around 2 p.m.

The FBI is rolling out "a significant media effort" including "a nationwide billboard campaign" to appeal for help from the public, LeValley said.

The capture was a great relief to law enforcement officers across the Southeast who were hunting what Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills referred to as "vicious hoodlums" after the killing of the two officers in Sills' territory around Eatonton, Georgia. It is unclear which inmate shot and killed the two correctional officers. Police were alerted through a 911 call by a couple who said the fugitives held them captive in their home.

Ricky Dubose, an escaped Georgia prisoner, was apprehended in Tennessee on June 15, 2017.

Both runaways have committed armed robbery and other crimes in the past.

Rowe began serving a life sentence without parole in 2002 and Dubose began serving a 20-year sentence in 2015.

Additional details about the men's capture were not immediately available Thursday, though WSB reported that earlier in the day they had been spotted in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.

But the agency says authorities have not decided how to disperse the reward, which comes from multiple law enforcement agencies.

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