Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Escaped inmates captured in Tenn., governor says

The capture put an end to a multistate manhunt that lasted almost 60 hours after the inmates escaped Tuesday morning in central Georgia.

The pair was eventually captured in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles, thus bringing a multi-day manhunt that spanned multiple states to a close.

The man and woman "are lucky they're alive", said Bedford County sheriff Austin Swing.

Hours before their capture, Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills said the public was in "grave danger" and that authorities did not know where the unsafe inmates were.

Authorities in Rutherford County, Tenn., captured two Georgia fugitives accused of double homicide after a foot chase that closed down Interstate 24 Thursday evening. "He's got an assault rifle, he's got his finger on the trigger and he's like, 'As soon as I tell you, turn around and go the opposite way on the highway'". Police believed the suspects then stole a second auto, a 2008 Ford F150 that had the keys still in it, in Morgan County, Georgia, about nine miles from the home where they were believed to have broken into to change clothes, authorities said Wednesday.

The corrections officers killed were identified as 42 year-old Christopher Monica and 58 year-old Curtis Billue. The fugitives lost their weapons in the crash and surrendered, authorities said.

After the wreck, they left the vehicle and then led police on a foot chase, Miles said.

Authorities had offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to their arrests.

"They are extremely traumatized", Swing said.

On Thursday June 15, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a statement on the capture of two inmates who escaped from a Georgia Department of Corrections prisoner transport earlier this week.

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. At that point a homeowner came out and held the suspects at gunpoint until authorities arrived. "Maybe we can give them a little closure", TBI Director Mark Gwyn said.

As for the correctional officers, the two men who were unfortunately killed were Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, hired in 2009 and 2007 respectively. "It's the two people from Georgia, escapees". Later, they stole a white pickup truck and got an hours-long head start on the police pursuing them.

Then they stole clothing, jewelry and other valuable items from their home, even eating the wife's beef soup.

Monica and Billue were transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison. "We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service", he said.

Both escapees were serving sentences for armed robbery and other crimes. Rowe had been serving a life sentence without parole for armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime, and aggravated assault.

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