Prison escapees busted by elderly couple

The prisoners have been taken back into custody and will face new charges.

Two Georgia inmates captured after a manhunt in the killings of two prison guards have appeared in court in Tennessee, wearing orange jumpsuits and surrounded by law enforcement. The corrections officers were later identified Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58.

Rowe and Dubose were finally taken alive. "Maybe we can give them a little closure", TBI Director Mark Gwyn said. "Before I could get anywhere upon them, there were 25 officers out here", said Littrell.

She said he had just gotten out of jail, and told her he was "trying to do right".

Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose are locked in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro, awaiting extradition to Georgia.

"They wrestled with the man and took control of him", Swing told WSMV.

The sheriff said he's watched the bus video on a cellphone, and couldn't immediately tell which inmate fired the fatal shots.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the inmates fled from the bus near Eatonton, about 70 miles southeast of Atlanta.

They held the couple at gunpoint, tied them up and remained in the home until about 5:30 p.m., Sheriff Swing said.

The prisoners breached a protective gate on the bus to reach the officers at the front of the bus, before disarming and killing them both, the sheriff's office said.

After calling in other officers, officers pursued the vehicle on Interstate 24, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.

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"All of a sudden, I look up from my phone and I see a state trooper".

"I'm still unsure about it because you never think something like that would happen so close to your house and so close to you".

A homeowner in Tennessee is being hailed as a hero for holding two escaped Georgia prison inmates at gunpoint until police arrived on the scene. The chase continued for 10 miles, ending with the inmates crashing the stolen Jeep. Police believed the suspects then stole a second auto in Morgan County, Georgia, near a home where they were believed to have broken into to change clothes, authorities said Wednesday. The approached a nearby home and the homeowner called police and his neighbors. They tried to steal a auto from the man who, with the help of his neighbor, held them at gunpoint until they were arrested, ending a three-day long manhunt that spanned 260 miles. No one was injured in the incident.

Authorities then chased the fugitives until they crashed their vehicle, Emmett said.

The officers died from their injuries. Each had served the department for several years.

"Both officers were known for their unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family", the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement.

"We will miss them deeply, and we can't replace them".

"We are relieved to know that these two risky individuals have been taken off the streets, and the public is out of harm's way", said Commissioner Greg Dozier. Due to their tireless efforts, the public is safe.

Now they'll be transported back to Putnam County, and the families of Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue can rest a little easier knowing that the men suspected behind their deaths are behind bars before their funerals.

"We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service", Deal said.

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