'Hero' rejects label, says he never pulled gun

'Hero' rejects label, says he never pulled gun

'Hero' rejects label, says he never pulled gun

Two escaped inmates who killed two prison guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured in rural Tennessee after a multi-state manhunt that ended with them being held at gunpoint by a local homeowner, reports the Associated Press.

Rowe and Dubose are accused of killing two Georgia prison guards on a bus before fleeing in a stolen truck earlier this week, prompting a massive manhunt.

Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were taken into custody Thursday after two residents held them at gunpoint when they discovered the men were trying to steal a auto from a central Tennessee home, Lt. Bill Miller from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said late Friday.

"I can not tell you how grateful I was to see them arrive", Hale said.

The fugitives stole the couple's auto and took off - but the couple managed to break free, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told the station. The homeowner allegedly asked for help from his neighbor, who also had a firearm, and they detained the suspects until the authorities arrived, Miller said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed the capture of Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, in a statement on Twitter but provided no further information.

Rowe and Dubose made their first appearance while in Rutherford County custody Friday, waiving their extradition to Georgia.

"[At] 6:47 p.m, I prayed like I have never prayed before", he said. With deputies in hot pursuit, the suspects fled so quickly that they left their guns in the couple's wrecked vehicle, running through trees to a nearby home, where they tried to steal another auto, authorities said.

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They entered the driver's compartment, overpowered and then disarmed Officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue while the bus was on State Route 16 near Eatonton, some 70 miles southeast of Atlanta, police said.

"We've had an armed home invasion", the man told a 911 dispatcher.

At that point, a deputy tried to pull them over without knowing it was the escaped inmates, Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said.

There the two apparently stole a vehicle, which they covered with grass and branches when they ditched it along a state highway in Bedford County, authorities said.

The inmates were caught following a vehicle chase in Tennessee, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said on Twitter.

"True bravery is what's caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic incident", he said.

Monica, 42, a sergeant, worked for the department for nearly eight years and leaves a wife. They left that truck in Tennessee and stole a white sedan, which they abandoned near the hostages' home, Swing said.

Rowe was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case.

CORRECTS SOURCE TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN SIGNOFF- This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections Tuesday, June 13, 2017, shows inmate Donnie Russell Rowe.

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