Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier said, "Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family, and our priority is to locate these fugitives and bring them to justice for this heinous act against those working to protect the public". They came upon a home where they attempted to steal a vehicle, but the homeowner came outside and held the fugitives at gunpoint until a neighbor came to assist.
The fugitives then crashed the vehicle on Interstate 24 and fled on foot into a wooded area before entering a property in the area of the community of Christiana, outside of Murfreesboro, Emmett said.
He also lauded the cooperation between agencies, and offered support the grieving members of law enforcement in Georgia.
Authorities provided on Wednesday an updated mug shot of Dubose showing his facial tattoos.
About 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Mr. Rowe and Mr. Dubose then invaded the home of an elderly couple, Sheriff Austin Swing of Bedford County 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.
"The pain endured by the families and loved ones of Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue endures, however", Deal said in a statement. Deal said more details would be forthcoming. Law enforcement authorities in Bedford County, Tenn., say that afternoon Rowe and Dubose invaded an elderly couple's home in Shelbyville, threatened to kill them and held them captive for three hours. "My honest thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt", Deal wrote.
They then stole the couple's truck and took police on a vehicle chase, crashed the truck and continued the pursuit on foot before being caught, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.
He said Rowe and DuBose entered the home with guns drawn and even held guns to the couple's head.
They left the horrific scene, carjacked a driver who pulled up behind the bus and fled in the man's Honda Civic.
According to authorities, the two men ran on foot into the woods where they momentarily lost police.
Rowe and Dubose were finally taken alive. The two held the inmates at gunpoint until authorities arrived a short time later. Dubose, a former Madison County resident, was serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery with a projected release date of September 3, 2034.
Monica and Billue were transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.
Authorities say they began to pursue the suspects unknowingly while responding to an armed robbery call.
The FBI is rolling out what it calls "a significant media effort" including "a nationwide billboard campaign" to appeal for help from the public in tracking down two inmates sought in the killings of their guards on a Georgia prison bus. Gwyn was not immediately sure who would collect the reward.
LeValley stresses that the reward is for information leading to an arrest.
An intense three-day manhunt that began Tuesday morning in Putnam County, Ga., ended Thursday in rural Christiana, Tenn., which is about 50 miles southeast of Nashville.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the fugitives took some food and likely some clothes, since they left their prison uniforms behind.
One of the murdered guards was Christopher Monica (pictured), who had been a prison guard since 2009. He said they then tried to hide the vehicle with bushes and grass.