Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Men hailed as heroes for holding murderous fugitives at gunpoint

Men hailed as heroes for holding murderous fugitives at gunpoint

However, their run from the law ended Thursday when they tried to steal a vehicle, and a gun-wielding homeowner was alerted to their presence.

"We were tied up, we just got loose", he told the dispatcher after saying he was unsure what direction the suspects traveled in.

Once the man confirms the police are on their way again, he says he will be waiting for them outside his home.

In this June 15, 2017 photo released by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, escaped Georgia inmate Donnie Russell Rowe poses for a booking photo in Tenn.

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.

Two Tennessee men are being hailed as heroes for helping authorities capture a pair of murderous fugitives - by holding the duo at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

ORIGINAL STORY: For two days, police in the south were engaged in an all-out manhunt in search of escaped convicts Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose. "So I'm totally grateful to everyone involved". They then robbed an elderly couple and stole another vehicle. Reportedly, the hero who finally stopped the men noticed them trying to take his auto and held them at gunpoint. Law enforcement officials earlier captured Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose, two escaped inmates wanted in the slayings of two G.

The fugitives then crashed the auto on Interstate 24 and fled on foot into a wooded area before entering a property in the community of Christiana, outside of Murfreesboro, Emmett said.

Officers spotted the stolen vehicle and after a high-speed chase, took the pair into custody.

A spokeswoman for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, where the two fugitives were said to have been found according to a local media report, did not immediately return calls or an email.

Hours before their capture, Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills said the public was in "grave danger" and that authorities did not know where the risky inmates were.

The men were caught Thursday evening in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, ending a three-day manhunt.

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

"True bravery is what's caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic incident", Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said.

Rowe and Dubose are accused of killing Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue and escaping from the prison bus on state Highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta.

Monica and Billue worked at Baldwin State Prison as transfer sergeants. Billue, 58, a 10-year employee, is survived by his father, brother and sister, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said. They left that truck in Tennessee and stole a white sedan, which they abandoned near the hostages' home, Swing said.

Both escapees were serving sentences for armed robbery and other crimes.

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