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Armed homeowner holds two Georgia fugitives until authorities arrive

Armed homeowner holds two Georgia fugitives until authorities arrive

(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP).

The photos show heavily tatted Baldwin State Prison inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose after they were caught about 50 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee.

As word of the inmates' escape spread, photos of the two men emerged on social media. The pair were arrested by Rutherford County sheriff's deputies at the Christiana home and taken to the county jail.

Their escape began early Tuesday, when authorities said they somehow got through a door that should have been locked separating the guards from the inmates on the prison bus.

Georgia's Sheriff Sills commented, "This was a brutal double murder of two correctional officers that occurred in my county".

Authorities confirmed Thursday that two men who were arrested earlier in the day in Tennessee after tying up and robbing a couple there were the two Georgia escapees who were wanted for killing two Georgia corrections officers.

Back in custody: Two escaped inmates described as "dangerous beyond description" have been captured in Tennessee.

Two Georgia fugitives Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose arrested in Christiana, Tenn., June 15, 2017. "In 43 years, this has been the most intense manhunt I've ever been involved in with the most resources with state, local and federal offices and obviously other states".

Officials say the Tennessee man, who has not been identified by authorities, caught the escapees attempting to steal his auto Wednesday night.

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Sheriff Howard Sills, Putnam County, GA; says, "shortly afterwards there was a chase that ensued with that auto that they had stolen".

"They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our officers" Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said. At one point, the escapees told the couple to make up a false story about what had happened "and threatened that they would be back if they didn't", he added.

Georgia's governor expressed thanks and praise for law enforcement after the capture of two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two prison guards.

During the chase, the fugitives fired several rounds at RCSO deputies, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine.

Veteran correctional officers Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58, were killed near Eatonton, Ga., around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. The inmates were being transported in a prisoner transport bus Tuesday morning when they allegedly shot two corrections officers on board, stole their firearms and carjacked a green Honda Civic to escape.

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.

Agent David LeValley, who runs the FBI's Atlanta office, says the billboards will offer specifics about a reward, now up to $130,000, and a nationwide tip line for the case, at the number 877-926-8332.

"During the pursuit the suspects, and about that time we found out who we were dealing with, started firing on our vehicles", said Fitzhugh. Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.

The capture was a relief to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who said the county's work isn't done.