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Thursday 19 October 2017

Farmer saves the day by holding escaped prisoners at gunpoint

Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Russell Rowe
Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Russell Rowe

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Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a US prison bus were captured after they were held at gunpoint by a rural homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said.

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were arrested in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, ending a multiple state manhunt that began early on Tuesday in Georgia.

"True bravery is what's caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic incident," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director Mark Gwyn said.

"So I'm totally grateful to everyone involved."

Earlier in the day, police in nearby Shelbyville had responded to a call about a home invasion, where a couple had been held captive, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

The suspects fled in the couple's vehicle and fired on sheriff's deputies chasing them on Interstate 24 about 50 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lieutenant Bill Miller said.

Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said his deputies did not return fire and none were injured.

Rowe and Dubose crashed the car and bailed out, running into the woods, Lt Miller said.

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They then came across a home set back on a long driveway.

The trooper said the homeowner looked outside and saw the two allegedly trying to steal his car.

The man held the two at gunpoint with a neighbour he called for help until the sheriff's department could get there to arrest the fugitives.

The two are being held in the Rutherford County jail.


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