A Tennessee man ended a multi-state manhunt for two inmates wanted for killing two guards during their escape from a Georgia prison.
Officials say the Tennessee man, who has not been identified by authorities, caught the escapees attempting to steal his car Wednesday night. With help from a neighbor, the man held the two escapees at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived to arrest them.
On Tuesday morning, inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose allegedly killed two correctional officers and escaped from a caged-in bus. Officials issued a $130,000 reward for information leading to Rowe and Dubose’s arrest, as they stole the slain officers handguns, and were considered armed and dangerous.
The duo carjacked a green Honda Civic and drove it for 25 miles to an elderly couples home, which they reportedly ransacked and held the couple hostage for an undisclosed amount of time before stealing their Ford pickup truck.
Rowe and Dubose crashed the truck while fleeing from authorities and continued to run on foot for about six miles. They tried to steal a car 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.
“True bravery is what’s caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic end,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said. “So I’m totally grateful to everyone involved.”
Sgt. Christopher Monica, 42, who was slain Tuesday is survived by his wife. Sgt. Curtis Billue, 58, who was also killed, is survived by his father, five sisters, two brothers, and two sons, according to CBS news.