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Middle Tennessee hometown of GA fugitive prepared ahead of arrest

(WZTV/TBI)

People living in the hometown of accused murderer and prison escapee Donnie Rowe say they spent several days frightened Rowe and Ricky Dubose would terrorize their town.

Rowe and Dubose are accused of killing two Georgia Corrections Officers and leading police on a manhunt before being captured in Rutherford County Thursday.

Neighbors tell Fox 17 News Rowe used to live in Verona, an unincorporated area of Lewisburg.

"It was very scary to think they might come back here to hide or to get their next vehicle or whatever," Verona resident Ali Swearingen said. "I was texting back and forth with my neighbor to give her a warning."

Rock Creek Market owner Terry Powers says people prepared in case the fugitives returned to where Rowe's family lives.

"People were actually practicing with their guns making sure their family members knew how to handle guns," Powers said. "A lot of people been coming into the store and they've been saying that they're grateful that it's over."

Rowe and Dubose are in police custody and will be extradited to Georgia.

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