Two escaped Georgia prisoners sought in the killing of two corrections officers were arrested after a chase in Tennessee, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said.
CAUGHT: Refugees in custody following pursuit in TN. More info will follow.
— Governor Nathan Deal (@GovernorDeal) June 16, 2017
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said that Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were held Thursday in Christiana, Tenn., a rural community approximately 50 km south-east of Nashville.
The authorities say that Rowe and Dubose overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher, Monica, and Sgt. Curtis Billue beginning of Tuesday on a bus that should have been secured if it was worn 33 detainees between the prisons southeast of Atlanta.
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Sgt. Chris Monica, left, and Sgt. Curtis Billue were killed by the prisoners in the beginning of the Tuesday.
(Georgia Department of Corrections)
Authorities had offered a $ 130,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the refugees, which Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills had called “dangerous beyond description.”
The search involved law enforcement officers across Georgia, as well as the FBI, U. S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
After killing the officers, the couple then carjacked a driver who pulled up behind the bus, and fled in his Honda Civic along highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta.
Sills said that the two prisoners were given a lead and the throw of the Honda driver’s mobile phone and the lock of the other 31 prisoners in the bus.
Signs of the refugees turned on hour later and 25 miles north, in Madison, where the authorities find the house plundered, and, hours later, the pick-up stolen. By then the trail had gone cold.
Rowe, 43, is a lifetime without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015. Both were convicted of armed robberies and other violent crimes, and they are cellmates more than once in the Georgian prisons.
Monica, 42, and Billue, 58, were both the transfer of sergeants at Baldwin State Prison. Monica had with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009, and Billue since July 2007.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.