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Escaped Georgia prison inmates recaptured in Tennessee

The Georgia Department of Corrections confirmed their apprehension.Authorities say two escaped inmates from Georgia have been captured after a crash on Interstate 24 and a foot pursuit in Rutherford County Thursday evening. Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe escaped after killing two prison guards during a bus transport in Georgia.The pair were driving 33 inmates between prisons when Rowe and Dubose overpowered them and then used the their own guns to kill them about 6.45am on Tuesday, authorities have said.It was the first of four cars they stole while trying to elude capture, authorities said.Two of the sheriff’s office vehicles, with deputies inside, were fired upon during the pursuit, said Dan Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.Around 2:30 p.m. Dubose and Rowe broke into a home in Shelbyville and tied up a man and woman. They and the other prisoners were being transported Tuesday to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, some 45 miles west of Eatonton.Police say they forced their way into an elderly couple’s home at gunpoint on Kingree Road in Bedford County. The deputy began following the auto, called for backup and then tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled to the interstate and a chase ensued.A Tennessee trooper said the homeowner looked out and saw the two trying to steal his auto.One inmate, Donnie Russel Rowe, is serving life without parole for armed robbery.Rowe and Dubose crashed the truck while fleeing from authorities and continued to run on foot for about six miles.The escape of the armed men prompted a manhunt that lasted almost three days, spanned several states and put the region on edge.”I can not tell you how grateful I was to see them arrive”, Hale said. The pair were arrested by Rutherford County sheriff’s deputies at the Christiana home and taken to the county jail. Police believed the suspects then stole a second vehicle in Morgan County, Georgia, near a home where they were believed to have broken into to change clothes, authorities said Wednesday.They somehow managed to get around the metal door that was supposed to protect the officers in the front of the bus, wrest away two 9 mm Glocks and repeatedly shoot correctional officers Sgt. Christopher Monica, 42, and Sgt. Curtis Billue, 58.The capture was a relief to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who said the county’s work isn’t done.”With the crimes committed in Georgia, we know they could’ve done that here”, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn told the newspaper.According to New York Daily News, the men were both serving time for armed robbery among other violent crimes.Sills also said it was too early to tell who, if anyone, will get the $130,000 reward that had been offered for information leading to their arrest.On Tuesday morning, a nationwide manhunt for two Georgia convicts was set in motion after the prisoners murdered two guards before escaping from the compound. Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007. The inmates took the couples’ Jeep and left, but after about 15 minutes, the man freed himself and called the sheriff’s office, Swing said.