2 citizens held escaped Ga. inmates at gunpoint until police arrived

Randolph Lopez
June 20, 2017

A pair of inmates from Georgia suspected of killing two corrections officers during their escape from a prisoner bus this week have been captured in Tennessee after a chase that involved gunfire, authorities said.

Deputies soon spotted the auto and began a 20-mile (32 kilometer) high-speed chase down Interstate 24 southeast of Nashville, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said. They escaped on foot and were trying to steal another auto from a home in central Tennessee when the homeowner discovered them.

When the homeowner heard the men outside, he and a neighbor came out with weapons of their own to hold the fugitives at gunpoint until police arrived.

Efforts are underway to return the men to Georgia to face murder charges in the deaths of corrections officers Curtis Billue and Chris Monica, who were shot multiple times on a prison bus early Tuesday in Putnam County.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has put out a statement regarding the $130,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of two inmates wanted in the slayings of two guards on their prison bus.

The search for the "dangerous beyond belief" escaped inmates accused of killing two correctional officers is over, authorities confirmed.

"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.

During the chase, the fugitives fired several rounds at RCSO deputies, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine.

"We got a text from the neighbors that they were shutting down all the roads in and out and everyone in the neighborhood is armed down here and this is a dead end road down here so we locked up all the houses locked the cars", said neighbor Keith Marzalen.

CBS46 affiliate WSMV-TV reported that the inmates tied up a couple in a home at gunpoint in Shelbyville, TN, and stayed there for about three hours Thursday afternoon.

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Rutherford County deputies spotted Rowe and DuBose driving the stolen black Jeep Cherokee on Interstate 24 and began pursuit.

"Now we're gonna go into the prosecution and trial mode", Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said in a news conference with reporters after the arrest.

It was the first of four cars they stole while trying to elude capture, authorities said. Somewhere near there, the escapees stole another vehicle, which they abandoned about 15 miles north in Bedford County, Tenn., near Shelbyville, he said.

The manhunt began after the inmates escaped from their prison bus around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta.

The pair had been cellmates once and both were serving prison sentences for separate armed robbery and assault convictions at Baldwin State Prison near Milledgeville.

The two men were taken into custody after a auto chase, assured Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday evening.

Following their tracks and footprints, authorities discovered the inmates took a 2008 white Ford F-250 pickup from a rural business in Madison, Georgia, sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

"We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service", Deal said. Monica was an 8-year veteran of the Department of Corrections.

Rowe, considered a sociopath by authorities, was described as a recidivist with a long list of convictions and was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes.

Sgt. Christopher Monica, 42, who was slain Tuesday is survived by his wife.

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