Tennessee homeowner gives timeline ahead of GA fugitives surrender

Neighbor, homeowner held Georgia fugitives at gunpoint for law enforcement (TBI)

UPDATE: (6/16/17) A homeowner called a news conference on Friday to clarify events leaded up to the arrest of Georgia fugitives wanted for murder.

Patrick Hale said he was armed, but never had to draw his gun and the fugitives surrendered in his driveway.

Hale said he was alerted that escaped inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose had just shot at police and may be in the area.

After getting the call, Hale said he loaded every weapon in the house and prayed, "like he never prayed before."

Hale said he had the choice of going into the panic room but being trapped inside or leaving. Hale said the family got into the car when he saw Rowe and Dubose taking their shirts off and flagging them down. Hale said he thinks the suspects were ready to surrender and that his vehicle looks like a police car.

Hale said the fugitives surrendered in his driveway until police arrived. The reason why the fugitives surrounded is unknown at this time. He said he never had to draw his gun. He called 911 and police arrived minutes later.

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.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said there are a number of factors that will determine when the men can be returned to Georgia, and none of that was settled by early Friday.


Multiple Tennessee law enforcement agencies arrested two Georgia inmates accused of killing prison guards to escape.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Spokesperson Josh Devine said it is a great night in the state of Tennessee thanks to citizens and law enforcement who did the right thing at the right time.

The TBI said Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose held a Shelbyville couple hostage between 2-5 p.m. The Georgia fugitives stole the couple's car and left the home around 5 p.m. The TBI said the couple was able to break free.

"Somehow the couple had the wherewithal to break free and notify authorities, and that was absolutely critical," Devine said. "Law enforcement was immediately able to immediately start pursuing these individuals."

Shortly after, Rutherford County deputies picked up the chase.

Lt. Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the chase ended on I-24 near mile marker 81 and lasted about 10 miles.

Miller said the suspects fired numerous rounds at officers during the chase before crashing near the 91 mile marker. THP air support was called in after the wanted inmates ran on foot into the woods.

The inmates ran to a nearby home to attempt to steal another car. That's when the armed homeowners stepped up.

"The homeowner stepped out and held the people there by gunpoint until a neighbor came out to assist him," Miller said.

Rutherford County deputies then arrested the two suspects.

"I cant say enough about the total collaboration of the Rutherford County sheriffs department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and all law enforcement and to speak of the public," said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. "Its true bravery has caused us to stand here tonight and talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic incident."

The TBI will be taking over the crime scene and investigation. The two fugitives were booked in the Rutherford County Jail to be extradited back to Georgia.

Law enforcement thanked all agencies involved and the citizens involved in the arrest.

"The burden of danger is off and that is the greatest relief we have," said the Putnam County, Goergia, Sheriff Sills in a separate news conference in Georgia.

According to the GBI, Rowe is from Lewisburg, Tenn, about 40 miles from Rutherford County.

Sills said they have already begun preparing for a trial.

Authorities say Rowe and Dubose shot and killed officers Curtis Billue and Christopher Monica on Highway 16 between Putnam and Sparta earlier this week.

Evidence shows that the two ransacked a home in Madison, Ga. the same day. They were believed to be traveling in a white 2008 Ford F-250 with GA tag BCX 3572.

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