Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday after they were held at gunpoint by a rural Tennessee homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said.
Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe were arrested Thursday near Shelbyville, Tennessee.
"Hearing that you're a hero for simply calling 911 and explaining what happened and just backing up - even though we did have guns with us, we never had to use them - that to me is more than a God thing", he said.
Once the man confirms the police are on their way again, he says he will be waiting for them outside his home.
Audio released from the pursuit to capture Rowe and Dubose show police and deputies responding with calm and clear reactions.
"I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers, that's what I saw", said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills recalling what he saw on the bus.
The fugitives stole the couple's vehicle and took off - but the couple managed to break free, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told the station.
The man and woman "are lucky they're alive", Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said.
The two men were cellmates and friends in prison, and may have planned their escape; however, the bus ride Tuesday morning was unscheduled, officials said.
Before their taste of freedom ended, Rowe and Dubose held an elderly couple hostage, officials told FOX 17 in Nashville.
"I prayed like I have never prayed before", Hale said.
The capture put an end to a multistate manhunt that lasted almost 60 hours after the inmates escaped Tuesday morning in central Georgia. Reportedly, the hero who finally stopped the men noticed them trying to take his vehicle and held them at gunpoint.
But the agency says authorities have not decided how to disperse the reward, which comes from multiple law enforcement agencies.
The inmates then led police on a high-speed chase and were taken into custody.
At this time, police are just thankful that the homeowner was armed and fearless enough to hold on to the men until the authorities arrived. Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said his deputies did not return fire and none were injured.
Texas Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said, "We know how important it was to capture them ... with the crimes committed in Georgia, we know they could've done that here".
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. They ultimately left the truck in Tennessee and stole a white sedan, which they abandoned near the hostages' home, Swing said.
Monica and Billue worked at Baldwin State Prison as transfer sergeants.
Rowe was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case. Billue, 58, a 10-year employee, is survived by his father, brother and sister, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said.