Homeowner held inmates at gunpoint

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

It is unclear which inmate shot and killed the two correctional officers.

(Elbert County Sheriff's Office via AP). The Tennessee Department of Transportation said traffic was being diverted on Interstate 24 east in Rutherford County until about 11 p.m.

Rowe and Dubose are accused of killing two guards on a prison transfer bus early Tuesday. He served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for eight years.

Dubose is seen left in an earlier photo, before he got his distinctive tattoos (right).

Dubose and Rowe were caught after breaking into the home of an elderly couple in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn said he's "totally grateful to everyone involved".

The Georgia governor's office issued a press release after their arrest and Governor Nathan Deal expressed his gratitude towards the officials who helped capture the fugitive. Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said his deputies did not return fire and none of them injured. With deputies in hot pursuit, the suspects left the weapons they had stolen from their guards in the couple's wrecked vehicle, and ran through trees to Hale's property.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said a homeowner in Christiana was alerted that people were outside his home and he saw the men trying to steal his vehicle.

Luckily, the homeowner was armed, and after calling the police and his neighbors, they were able to keep the murderers at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested them.

The two were being held at the Rutherford County jail.

Likewise, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a press release, "We are relieved to know that these two unsafe individuals have been taken off the streets, and the public is out of harm's way". One of the escapees is then believed to have shot and killed Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue.

When the Georgia sheriff learned of the pursuit and later capture, he said, "I was extremely fearful for law enforcement officers. We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service", he added. Eastbound traffic was diverted off I-24 at the Buchanan exit (mile marker 89), because TBI agents were collecting evidence at the interstate crash and run scene, 2-miles east of that point.

The slain Baldwin State Prison officers were Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009, and Curtis Billue, 58, who was hired in 2007, Georgia Corrections said.

The two inmates overpowered guards around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday while they were being driven to another prison with 33 other inmates.

New photos shared in the media show two escaped Georgia inmates shortly after being captured in Tennessee Thursday.

Late Tuesday night, about 12 hours after the home burglary, the pair stole a Ford pickup truck from a rock quarry about 14.5 kilometres from the burglarized home.

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

Monica, 42, a sergeant, worked for the department for nearly eight years and leaves a wife.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the escaped inmates had been inside a secured area of the bus.

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