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24 June, 2017

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal confirms the wanted inmates are in custody following a auto chase in Tennessee.

As the inmates were leaving the home, a Tennessee trooper was coming to the house to perform a welfare check, and a chase ensued.

'They wrestled with the man and took control of him, ' said Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing.

They were on the run for three days before being apprehended.

The men had made national headlines this week and inspired a multi-state effort to find them with clues leading to Tennessee. That's when the trail ran cold.

Around 2:30 p.m. Dubose and Rowe broke into a home in Shelbyville and tied up a man and woman.

On Thursday, police engaged in a chase game with the inmates on Interstate 24. Stealing another auto, they broke into an elderly couple's home and held them hostage for three hours. That's when the inmates left the auto and ran away on foot in the area before they were captured. Police arriving at the scene found the other inmates handcuffed inside the locked truck with the engine running.

The chase ended with a crash near Christiana, Tennessee.

The two men were cellmates and friends in prison, and may have planned their escape; however, the bus ride Tuesday morning was unscheduled, officials said. "[The escapees] told them that they would probably be dead in 24 hours and they didn't have anything to lose".

In Georgia, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters no one was wounded and the inmates gave up after about 15 minutes in the trees beside Interstate 24.

They eventually carjacked a driver of a green 2004 Honda Civic and were traveling in that vehicle before ditching it and stealing a white 2008 Ford F-250 with the Georgia license tag of BCX5372.

Law enforcement from the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had been tracking them since, and authorities had been offering a $130,00 reward for their capture. During the June 13 transport, two correctional officers were fatally attacked. "They're not concerned with anything regarding human life".

According to New York Daily News, the men were both serving time for armed robbery among other violent crimes.

Dubose is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft from a 2014 case.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier said, "Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family". Billue will be buried Saturday and Monica on Tuesday.

At least one of the escapees shot and killed the officers, authorities said.

The fugitives during an escape from a prison bus in Georgia, authorities said.

"We know how important it was to capture them", said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn. Keenan added that shots were fired but no one was wounded.

Monica and Billue were transfer sergeants at Baldwin state prison. He served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for eight years.

A GoFundMe page set up in the wake of Monica's death has now revealed he was working extra shifts to cover for his wife, who was ill and struggling to work. Both left families behind.


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