by: Tom Regan Updated:
PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. - Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have confirmed the escaped inmates, who killed two corrections officers, have been captured.
Channel 2's Nicole Carr confirmed with authorities that the inmates were spotted in Shelbyville, Tennessee Thursday.
Deputies said they spotted a vehicle wanted from a carjacking in Shelbyville.
The men got into a chase when deputies attempted to pull them over along Interstate 24 westbound.
Deputies said the inmates fired at them from the SUV.
Investigators said the men wrecked the vehicle near mile marker 91 after the chase reached speeds of 100 mph.
Dubose and Rowe then ran from the SUV into a wooded area along the interstate.
They were captured nearby at a home. When officers approached the men, they surrendered.
No one was injured in the incident.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday, the two escapees, armed with guns taken from the murdered prison guards, were a grave danger to the public.
The FBI, state and local authorities had expanded the search well beyond the Georgia state line.
“If someone is helping them, they will prosecuted as parties of this crime," Sills said Thursday.
Channel 2’s Tom Regan was there as Sills grew emotional as he gave details of the intensive nationwide manhunt for Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose.
The escapees are wanted for the prison bus murders of two corrections officers: Sgt. Chris Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue.
“See this black ban sir. It's been on this badge in the last few years more than any I can remember," Sills said showing his badge.
Investigators said after jumping the guards and shooting them, the two prisoners broke out of the bus, carjacked a Honda, later dumped it and broke into a home to grab food, street clothes and money.
Shirley Bigg lives two houses down.
“I've been putting chairs, and everything else behind the doors trying to protect myself, I was scared," Biggs told Regan.
The escapees were believed to be in a stolen white Ford F-250 pickup truck.
“This is day three, and we are aggressively as a unified body and unified group, we are pursuing them whether it’s here in the state of Georgia or if they have left,” FBI special agent in charge David Levalley told Regan.
The head of Georgia’s Department of Correction, Greg Dozier, declined to talk about how the prisoners were capable of overtaking the armed guards.
He said the focus was on tracking them down and offering compassion to the families of the corrections officers, killed in the line of duty.
“We will miss them deeply, and we can't replace them. It's a shame two individuals would be so cowardly to do this," Dozier said.
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