One of escaped inmates caught just miles from hometown


There was a $130,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rowe and Dubose.

The two inmates that authorities say escaped a Georgia corrections bus after killing two guards were captured Thursday night in Christiana, Tenn., after an intense three-day manhunt and high-speed police chase.

Deal said the public is safe from these two men because of the tireless efforts of law enforcement.

Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue were overpowered and disarmed, then shot to death.

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

Local authorities said the hero residents, who held the escapees at gunpoint, were very fearless. The pair were wanted for killing two correctional officers during transport on June 13.

Initial photos released by the Georgia Department of Corrections show Rowe, 43, as a heavyset man with a beard and mustache.

The two men that sparked a nationwide manhunt after allegedly murdering two Georgia corrections officers were in a Rutherford County Courtroom.

A Rutherford County homeowner held two Georgia escapees at gunpoint after they attempted to steal a auto at his house, authorities said Thursday night at a press conference.

Prior to their arrest Thursday, authorities said the truck stolen in Georgia was found abandoned in Moore County, Tennessee.

They drove into adjacent Bedford County, where authorities said they abandoned the vehicle then forced their way into a couple's home and tied them up.

According to Goodwin, the pair opened fired on two police vehicles and fled on foot after crashing near mile marker 91.

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The ordeal began with a home invasion of an elderly couple in Shelbyville.

The man and woman "are lucky they're alive", Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said.

Without a auto, Rowe and Dubose walked up a hill and reached a home in Shelbyville, about 30 miles from the Georgia -Tennessee border.

The two inmates overpowered guards around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday while they were being driven to another prison with 33 other inmates. As the days since the escape, the manhunt for the inmates intensified, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation calling for the public's help in tracking down the inmates. The two held the inmates at gunpoint until authorities arrived a short time later.

Rutherford County deputies spotted Rowe and DuBose driving the stolen black Jeep Cherokee on Interstate 24 and began pursuit.

One of the murdered guards was Christopher Monica (pictured), who had been a prison guard since 2009.

"Our hope is that they will be located and apprehended without further injury to anyone", Jones said.

"I'll say they weren't injured but I can assure you they were traumatized by these hoodlums coming into their home". Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Park.

"I feel for (Georgia Sheriff Howard Sills) because of what he's going through with his department", said Fitzhugh.

They continued to monitor the interstate exit ramps into Thursday evening.

The website states that Monica was a Chicago native and had lived in Baldwin County for the past 20 years. The two had previously been cellmates in a different Georgia prison. He said one of the men had tattoos on his face.