Authorities say escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee

But as they were driving away, a Tennessee trooper was arriving at the couple’s home to perform a welfare check.”They told them they would probably be dead in 24 hours and they didn’t have anything to lose”, Swing said.Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said the couple was lucky to be alive.In the span of three hours, the inmates ate a “beef stew like” soup and took shoes, clothing as well as jewelry from the house, Swing said.The two inmates had been cellmates from time to time in the state prison system. The couple were able to untie themselves later and call police.”There are a lot of things running through your head, and I was like, let’s go get the gun and see what we can do”.In the 911 call, the man tells the dispatcher, “We’ve had an armed home invasion – it’s the two people from Georgia, escapees”.At that point, the fugitives left in a Jeep Cherokee, Swing said. “We need help out here quick … hurry!”His wife can be heard sobbing as he tries to reassure her, saying, “It’s all right”. You’ve survived. You’ve survived. “I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers, that’s what I saw”, he said. 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. While the fugitives fired numerous gun shots at the deputies’ vehicle, no one was hurt.Police were finally able to catch up with them in Tennessee and took them into custody.Investigators say Rowe and Dubose invaded the home of an elderly couple yesterday. It showed the two men tattooed and exhausted.Authorities have located both of their weapons from the crash site and turned them over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said in the news conference. “So I’m totally grateful to everyone involved”.Police arrested Ricky Dubose (l.) and Donnie Russell Rowe (r.).Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release that he was relieved the two inmates were captured and no longer a threat to the public. A billboard shows a picture of Ricky Dubose during the manhunt. Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue were fatally shot.”They have known each other for quite a while”, Myrick said.According to law enforcement officials, the convicts abandoned a truck they had stolen when authorities identified it to the public on Wednesday.News 2 has learned the suspects tied up a man inside the home and spent about three hours there, even eating before stealing the couple’s vehicle and leaving.Tuesday. A reward for information leading to the two inmates’ arrest rose to $130,000 after contributions from more law enforcement agencies, according to the Associated Press.Both inmates were serving time for armed robbery and other crimes.WSMV-TV quotes the U.S. Marshall’s office saying 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose were apprehended Thursday in Christiana.Monica and Billue were transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.A myriad of federal, state and local law enforcement agents had been scouring the state and the country for Rowe and Dubose, both serving sentences that don’t allow for parole.”Rest assured, justice will be served”, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia said in a statement.