November 25, 2020

Escaped Georgia inmates captured in Tennessee

(Tennessee) — Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier confirmed the capture of escaped inmates Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe yesterday.

The two were captured in Tennessee following a high-speed vehicle chase and subsequent foot chase Thursday evening.

“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,” said Commissioner Dozier. “They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our Officers.”

The entire GDC family is infinitely grateful for all the support and assistance by law enforcement agencies from across the country. They, too, put their own lives in danger to help protect our citizens.

Rowe, top, and Dubose, bottom, in Christiana, Tenn., on Thursday. (Photo: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, via AP)

The Georgia prison inmates had been on the run after one of them shot and killed two Georgia State correctional officers were captured in Tennessee, according to officials.

“Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, dangerous fugitives were captured and taken into custody,” said Gov. Deal in a statement last night.

“Rest assured, justice will be served. My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe. The pain endured by the families and loved ones of Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue endures, however. We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service.”

Det. Sgt. Dan Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said at around 6 p.m., officers spotted a vehicle wanted in a carjacking in Shelbyville, Tennessee. 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 mph. Two of the Sheriff’s Office’s vehicles with deputies inside were fired upon during the pursuit.

The vehicle then crashed, and the suspects went through a wooded area where they attempted to steal another car from a home, authorities said.

Bill Miller, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said the inmates were captured at the home after being help at gunpoint by the homeowner, who asked for help from his neighbor who also had a firearm. The suspects were detained until the authorities arrived.

A nationwide manhunt had intensified for the inmates — Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose — who had been armed and on the run since Tuesday, officials said.



  1. I wonder if the homeowner and his neighbor will get the reward for capturing them.

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