Two escaped Georgia inmates who had triggered a nationwide manhunt were no match for a Tennessee man and the Second Amendment.
Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who stand accused of killing two prison guards on a transfer bus in Georgia earlier this week, were captured by a Tennessee homeowner who held them at gunpoint after he caught them trying to steal his car, Fox News reported.
While Rowe and Dubose were being held, the homeowner’s neighbor went next door to call police.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, homeowner Patrick Hale said that he’s no hero for holding the criminals at gunpoint. He noted that the two men actually surrendered as soon as he appeared, without him having to pull out the weapon. He said “the two inmates took off their shirts and waved them as if they were surrendering, then got face down on his concrete driveway without saying a word,” the paper reported.
The two men, he said, likely mistook his car for a police cruiser, since it looks similar to one. Apparently, while Rowe and Dubose may have been armed and dangerous at one point, they weren’t exactly terribly bright.
However, it was the fact that Hale had the weapon that allowed him to hold the two escapees at gunpoint — meaning the Second Amendment very likely saved his life once the men realized he wasn’t actually a law enforcement officer.
The two men, who had been armed when they first escaped, had crashed a stolen Jeep after shooting at police during a chase on Interstate 24 in Tennessee’s Rutherford County. They fled the crashed vehicle so quickly that they didn’t take their weapons.
Authorities say they ran through a forest and attempted to steal Hale’s car.
“At that point in time the homeowner stepped out and held the people there by gunpoint until another neighbor came to assist him,” Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said.
Within minutes, Hale estimated 45 officers were at the scene. “I cannot tell you how grateful I was to see them arrive,” he noted.
“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 Investigations Director Mark Gwyn said. “So I’m totally grateful to everyone involved.”
And indeed, it was very close to a tragic incident. Just hours before, the two had invaded a home in Shelbyville and held the residents hostage before stealing the Jeep and they eventually crashed.
“They told them that they would probably be dead in 24 hours and they didn’t have anything to lose,” Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said noting that the homeowners “are lucky they’re alive.”
Besides involving Georgia authorities, the search for the men included federal agents from the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Now, that national attention is focused back on the state where the escape began.
“Rest assured, justice will be served,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said. “My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe.”
Because of their tireless efforts, and the Second Amendment.
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