Suspects accused of killing 2 GA correctional officers apprehended in TN

(Source: GBI)
(Source: GBI)

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN (WTOC) - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal tweeted from his official account Thursday evening saying the two escaped fugitives have been apprehended in Tennessee.

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were captured in Christiana, TN, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said, per an Associated Press report. Gov. Deal states the two suspects were captured after a car chase.

Gov. Deal released a statement on Thursday night:

Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, dangerous fugitives were captured and taken into custody. Rest assured, justice will be served. My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe. The pain endured by the families and loved ones of Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue endures, however. We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office posted to Facebook a more detailed description of the suspects' arrest in Tennessee.

Jones County Sheriff R.N. "Butch" Reece posted that according to sources the two committed a home invasion of an elderly couple and stole a vehicle. The stolen vehicle was spotted by law enforcement.

The two suspects ditched the vehicle and then fled on foot. Sheriff Reece states the sources said there was a brief gun battle before the suspects were taken into custody.

"We are relieved to know that these two dangerous individuals have been taken off the streets, and the public is out of harm's way," said Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier in a press release. Dozier added, "They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our officers."

Dubose and Rowe are wanted after they allegedly overpowered and killed two guards while being transported in Putnam County, GA. They then escaped the transport and carjacked a passerby. Evidence then suggests the pair broke into a home in Madison, GA.

Several unconfirmed or unsubstantiated sightings of the pair were reported all across Georgia and even Jasper County, South Carolina during the week. At around 7:55 p.m. ET Thursday, authorities confirmed that the two inmates were spotted in Shelbyville, Tennessee, about an hour south of Nashville.

The reward for their capture had been posted at $130,000.

The Department of Corrections said Rowe, 43, has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015.

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