The officers' deaths quickly spurred a nationwide search for the two escaped inmates described as "dangerous beyond description" and with nothing to lose.
"The burden of danger is off and that is the greatest relief we have", Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said.
"With the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, risky fugitives were captured and taken into custody", Deal said. Each had served the department for several years.
Authorities hold a news conference held at a truck stop Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Christiana, Tenn.
WSMV-TV quotes the U.S. Marshall's office saying 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose were apprehended Thursday in Christiana.
Two escaped Georgia inmates who have been on the run for more than two days after killing two corrections officers during a routine transport in Putnam County Monday morning were captured in Shelbyville, Tennessee, Thursday night.
Not long before authorities tracked them to an area outside Nashville, cops say Donnie Rowe and Ricky DuBose tied up a husband and wife and held them at gunpoint in their own home. The officers who spotted the vehicle called in other units, and a pursuit of the suspects occurred on Interstate 24, with the vehicles exceeding 100 miles per hour.
"They wrestled with the man and got control of him and threatened both of them's lives", he said. They also ate a beef stew the woman had been preparing, took valuables and clothing, and ordered them to concoct a story that would hide their identities.
"I'm assuming and think it broke down on 'em, but they may have decided just to ditch it", Swing said.
By about 5 p.m. they were on the run again, in the couple's Jeep.
Georgia's Sheriff Sills commented, "This was a brutal double murder of two correctional officers that occurred in my county".
The fugitives took another sedan, which later was left by the side of a road in Swing's jurisdiction.
"You survived. You survived". "You survived. You did a good job".
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"I'm still unsure about it because you never think something like that would happen so close to your house and so close to you".
The chase ended with a crash near the community of Christiana, Tennessee.
Police believed the suspects then stole a second vehicle, a 2008 Ford F150 that had the keys still in it, in Morgan County, Georgia, about nine miles from the home where they were believed to have broken into to change clothes, authorities said Wednesday. The man held the fugitives at gunpoint with a neighbor he called for help until authorities could arrive to arrest Rowe and Dubose.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn said he's "totally grateful to everyone involved".
Rowe and Dubose were finally taken alive.
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.
Sills said Dubose and Rowe were inside of the secure area of the bus but did not say how they managed to get through the locked cage to overpower the guards - who are not required to wear bulletproof vests during prison transfers.
Police officials stopped a auto they believed to be Rowe and DuBose on Interstate 24 near the Epps Mill Road exit.
The Shelbyville couple were able to notify Bedford County authorities of the home invasion after working free from the binds.
The reward for information leading to their capture had been gradually increased from US$60,000 to US$130,000.
Both escapees were in prison for armed robbery and other crimes.
Donnie Rowe, left, and Ricky Dubose are pictured in photos initially released by the Department of Corrections after their escape. The pain endured by the families and loved ones of Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue endures, however.