Escaped Georgia inmates captured after foot chase in Middle Tennessee

Courtesy: Patrick Hale

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities say two escaped inmates from Georgia have been captured after a pursuit in Rutherford County Thursday evening.

Donnie Rowe (L) and Ricky Dubose (R)

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were taken into custody after authorities spotted a vehicle reported stolen after a home invasion in Shelbyville around 6 p.m.

The men gave chase and traveled at speeds around 100 mph on Interstate 24, Det. Sgt. Dan Goodwin said.

According to Goodwin, the pair opened fired on two police vehicles and fled on foot after crashing near mile marker 91.

The men were ultimately taken into custody at a home on Pruitt Road after a foot pursuit. Goodwin told News 2 the men surrendered after they were approached.

“Two extremely dangerous people, well-armed and traveling at high speeds throughout our community was a grave concern and we acted accordingly and they were soon captured by us and other agencies,” Goodwin said.

Multiple agencies were involved in the men’s arrest and as many as three dozen officers responded to the scene.

“We always work together, particularly at times like this,” Goodwin said.

The men will be booked into the Rutherford County jail in Murfreesboro. They were not hurt in the pursuit with police and will be extradited back to Georgia in the near future.

“The burden of danger is off and that is the greatest relief we have,” Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said.

Rowe and Dubose are accused of killing two Georgia prison guards on a bus before fleeing in a stolen truck earlier this week, prompting a massive manhunt.

Prior to their arrest Thursday, authorities said the truck stolen in Georgia was found abandoned in Moore County, Tennessee.

This combo of undated photos provided Tuesday, June 13, 2017, by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows inmate Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Russell Rowe. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

In Moore County, the men are said to have stolen another vehicle before police say they forced their way into an elderly couple’s home at gunpoint on Kingree Road.

News 2 has learned the suspects tied up a man inside the home and spent about three hours there, even eating before stealing the couple’s car and leaving.

Traffic remains backed up for several miles on Interstate 24 East in Murfreesboro as investigators remain on the scene. The roadway is expected to fully reopen to motorists by 11 p.m.

A cash reward was being offered for information leading to the men’s arrest.


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