Armed Georgia Escapees Nabbed In Rutherford County After Taking Hostages

Jun 16, 2017

Two inmates who escaped from a prison bus in Georgia by allegedly killing guards were recaptured near Murfreesboro Thursday night after holding hostages and leading local police on a high speed chase.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn praised everyone involved in apprehending the men including state and local police as well as citizens.

“It’s true bravery is what’s caused us to be able to stand here before you tonight and talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic incident,” he said.

The ordeal began with a home invasion of an elderly couple in Shelbyville. After being tied up for hours, the couple was able to alert police, who pursued the men on a chase that included the escapees firing guns and crashing near Christiana.

That exchange shut down I-24, causing a backup that extended for ten miles. After fleeing on foot, the men were eventually held at gunpoint by a homeowner whose car they were trying to steal.

The men had made national headlines this week and inspired a multi-state effort to find them with clues leading to Tennessee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.