The Georgia prison inmates who had been on the run after one of them shot and killed two Georgia State correctional officers were captured in Tennessee, according to officials.
Both the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal tweeted that the inmates are now in custody.
Dubose and Rowe have been captured.
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) June 16, 2017
Det. Sgt. Dan Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said at around 6 p.m., officers spotted a vehicle wanted in a carjacking in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The officers who spotted the vehicle called in other units, and a pursuit of the suspects occurred on Interstate 24, with the vehicles exceeding 100 mph. Two of the Sheriff’s Office’s vehicles with deputies inside were fired upon during the pursuit.
The vehicle then crashed, and the suspects went through a wooded area where they attempted to steal another car from a home, authorities said.
Bill Miller, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said the inmates were captured at the home after being help at gunpoint by the homeowner, who asked for help from his neighbor who also had a firearm. The suspects were detained until the authorities arrived.
A nationwide manhunt had intensified for the inmates — Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose — who had been armed and on the run since Tuesday, officials said.
Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills said earlier today the public was in “grave danger” and that authorities did not know where the dangerous inmates were. The FBI had asked for the public’s help, calling the search expanding.
“We need the eyes and ears of everybody really in this country to be on the lookout for these two individuals,” Sills said earlier today. “We are looking for them anywhere they might be on planet Earth.”
Sills said a reward had climbed to $130,000 for information that led to their arrests, and officials warned that anyone helping the inmates would be prosecuted.
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