Two inmates accused of shooting to death a pair of armed guards during an escape from a prison bus in Georgia were captured on Thursday in Tennessee, Georgia officials said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed the capture of Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, in a statement on Twitter but provided no further information.
The inmates were caught following a car chase in Tennessee, one state to the north of Georgia, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said on Twitter. Deal said more details would be forthcoming.
The two men, who were serving time for armed robbery, escaped on Tuesday in rural Putnam County, about 70 miles (110 km) southeast of Atlanta, as they were being transported between two prison facilities with 31 other inmates.
A spokeswoman for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, where the two fugitives were said to have been found, according to a local media report, did not immediately return calls or an email.
After their escape, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills described the prisoners as "dangerous beyond description" and said a day later that the search for them had been expanded nationwide.
Sills said the fugitives each had 9-millimeter guns they took off the prison officers they killed, though there were no immediate reports of violence during their recapture on Thursday.
Ricky Myrick, assistant commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, told reporters on Wednesday that the inmates were most recently cellmates at Baldwin State Prison and had been cellmates at other Georgia prisons.
"They have known each other for quite a while," Myrick said.
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