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2 escaped Georgia inmates caught after Tennessee chase

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Donnie Rowe (L) and Ricky Dubose (R), the inmates who have been caught. (Source: WKRN-TV, Nashville) Donnie Rowe (L) and Ricky Dubose (R), the inmates who have been caught. (Source: WKRN-TV, Nashville)
The two inmates arrested and on the ground, surrounded by police. (Source: WKRN-TV, Nashville) The two inmates arrested and on the ground, surrounded by police. (Source: WKRN-TV, Nashville)
The inmates were captured nearly 300 miles away from where the originally escaped. (Source: Google Earth) The inmates were captured nearly 300 miles away from where the originally escaped. (Source: Google Earth)
Correctional officer Curtis Billue, 58, (L) and Christopher Monica, 42, (R) who were killed. (Source: WSB-TV) Correctional officer Curtis Billue, 58, (L) and Christopher Monica, 42, (R) who were killed. (Source: WSB-TV)
Prison bus where the escaped inmates killed two correctional officers and escaped. (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM) Prison bus where the escaped inmates killed two correctional officers and escaped. (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)

(WTVM) – Two escaped inmates wanted in the killings of two correctional officers on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leading police on a chase by car and foot.

The capture

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal confirms the wanted inmates are in custody following a high-speed car chase in Tennessee.

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were captured in Christiana, Tennessee, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

According to sources with the Jones County, GA Sheriff's Office, the two inmates committed a home invasion of an elderly couple in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and stole a vehicle. The inmates held the couple captive and then fled the scene in the couple's vehicle.

This vehicle was spotted by law enforcement and the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. 

The inmates got into a wreck, left the vehicle, and then led police on a foot chase. After a brief shootout, the suspects were taken into custody in Christiana, Tennessee.

A Rutherford County, Tennessee, homeowner held the two inmates at gunpoint after they attempted to steal a car at his house, authorities said at a Thursday night press conference.

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.

All across Georgia and South Carolina, there have been several reports of possible sightings of 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose.

Investigators say they were last seen in a white 2008 Ford F-250 truck with a Georgia license plate BCX5372. 

The reward for the capture of Rowe and Dubose was increased to $130,000.

The escape

The shooting took place in Putnam County around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, about 80 miles east of Atlanta.

Authorities said the inmates were being transported when they overpowered the two officers, one of whom was driving the transport bus. They disarmed one of the officers and fatally shot both. 31 other prisoners were on board the bus and they all stayed behind until officers arrived on scene.

The inmates also carjacked a 2004 green Honda Civic 4-door with a Georgia license plate RBJ6601 on Tuesday.

Rowe, a repeat offender currently serving life without parole, was imprisoned after being convicted on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. He is described as a white male standing around 6'2" and weighing about 150 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

DuBose was imprisoned after being found guilty of armed robbery, aggravated assault, credit card fraud and theft by taking. He is described as a white male standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He also has tattoos on his face.

The correctional officers 

The corrections officers killed have been identified as 42-year-old Christopher Monica and 58-year-old Curtis Billue.

Monica had worked for the facility for nearly eight years after being hired in October of 2009.

Billue was nearing his 10th anniversary with the facility after being hired in July of 2007.

Funeral services for Christopher Monica will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville. Funeral services for Curtis Billue will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. at the Wilkinson County High School Auditorium in McIntyre, Ga.

Governor Deal reacts

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal initially tweeted the news that the inmates had been captured.

Deal released the following statement on the capture of the two escaped inmates:

“Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, dangerous fugitives were captured and taken into custody,” said Deal. “Rest assured, justice will be served. My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe. The pain endured by the families and loved ones of Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue endures, however. We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service.”

This is a developing story; we are working to learn more from Georgia and Tennessee law enforcement, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

RELATED: Recap of the manhunt for escaped inmates who killed two correctional officers

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