Authorities say escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee


Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose were taken into custody after a auto chase in Tennessee, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal tweeted.

In Moore County, the men are said to have stolen another vehicle before police say they forced their way into an elderly couple's home at gunpoint on Kingree Road. Putnam County says they are now searching for a vehicle like this in connection with the escaped inmates. WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 14, 2017 Dozens of law enforcement officers from all around the state are searching for the two.

According to CNN, Sills said the truck was ditched in Moore County in Tennessee and the two apparently stole a auto, which they drove to a house in Bedford County.

They escaped Tuesday after overpowering the guards on a Baldwin State Prison bus.

After their escape, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills described the prisoners as "dangerous beyond description" and said a day later that the search for them had been expanded nationwide. A reward for information about the two fugitives rose to at least $130,000.

Authorities took Dubose and Rowe into custody in Christiana, Tenn.

Sills became emotional when speaking about Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue.

Police believe they are now in a white pickup truck and could be anywhere in the country.

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Sills says it's possible the escapees may have fled Georgia after three days on the run.

"It has become a nationwide search", said Special Agent David LeValley, who runs the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Atlanta.

The escapees were part of a group of 30 inmates being transported by bus by two armed guards.

Dozier said the 42-year-old Sergeant Monica left behind a wife, two daughters and a community that loves him. Billue, 58, was an employee for 10-years and leaves behind his father, brother and sister.

[READ: Departments send condolences after correctional officers killed] Officials said Rowe and Dubose overpowered Monica and Billue, and shot them both to death.

According to Sills, evidence confirmed that Dubose and Rowe burglarized a residence near where they ditched the vehicle.

He said the focus now was tracking them down and offering compassion to the families of the corrections officers, killed in the line of duty.

Immediately after the killings early Tuesday, the pair carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind the bus on a rural highway, and drove away in a "grass green", four-door 2004 Honda Civic with the Georgia license plate number RBJ-6601, authorities said.