MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WATE) – Two Georgia inmates were arrested in Tennessee after the deaths of the two prison guards led to a massive manhunt.
Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe were captured in Rutherford County Thursday.
“We are relieved to know that these two dangerous individuals have been taken off the streets, and the public is out of harm’s way,” GDC Commissioner Greg Dozier said to WATE 6 On Your Side’s Nashville-affiliate WKRN. “They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our officers.”
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the men forced their way into a home in Shelbyville in Bedford County around 2 p.m. CST. The men held a couple hostage for several hours before leaving the home around 5 p.m and taking the residents’ vehicle.
Law enforcement began searching for the vehicle after the couple notified them and gave the suspects’ identities. Officers located the suspects and began a pursuit on State Route 231 that led to Interstate 24. The high-speed chase lasted more than 20 miles, according to TBI.
The report says the suspects fired shots at the officers during the chase. The suspects’ stolen vehicle crashed on I-24 at mile marker 91. The men ran to a nearby home. The resident and a neighbor held the suspects at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.
Dubose and Rowe are in custody in Rutherford County and are waiting to be extradited.
“The burden of danger is off and that is the greatest relief we have,” Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley told WKRN.
TBI says no officers or members of the general public were injured during the capture of the two men.
“There’s a lot of hurt people in Georgia that will feel the pain for years to come. Maybe we can give them a little closure,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said.
Before their capture in Tennessee, investigators say the men abandoned a stolen Ford F-250 in Moore County.
Rowe’s sister, a Tennessee resident, spoke after the arrests.
“It’s not a good feeling at all because my heart bleeds for the people that their lives have been taken. My heart also bleeds for my brother for having to be in that state of mind,” she said.