It is unclear which inmate shot and killed the two correctional officers.
Both the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal tweeted that the inmates are now in custody.
Patrick Hale said friends had just alerted him that the fugitives wanted in the slayings of two prison guards had been spotted in his area of rural Tennessee, so he quickly loaded his guns. He served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for eight years.
Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose are locked in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro, awaiting extradition to Georgia.
Authorities hold a news conference held at a truck stop Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Christiana, Tenn.
About 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Mr. Rowe and Mr. Dubose then invaded the home of an elderly couple, Sheriff Austin Swing of Bedford County said.
Two Georgia inmates accused of escaping from a prison transport bus and killing two officers were captured in Tennessee two days after they escaped.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn said he's "totally grateful to everyone involved". They ultimately left the truck in Tennessee and stole a white sedan, which they abandoned near the hostages' home, Swing said. "They wrecked the auto somewhere on the interstate and got out and fled into the woods, " he said.
Before their capture, Dubose and Rowe were described by police as "dangerous beyond description". Stealing another auto, they broke into an elderly couple's home and held them hostage for three hours.
Bill Miller said Thursday that the homeowner caught the two trying to steal his vehicle, Fox News reported.
The other prisoners on the bus Tuesday were taken to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and put on another corrections department bus. He held the two at gunpoint until authorities arrived. - Picture courtesy of Georgia Corrections/handout via Reuters WASHINGTON, June 16 - A pair of USA convicts who overpowered and killed their guards in a brazen jailbreak in the southern state of Georgia were recaptured yesterday after a two-day manhunt, authorities said. My honest thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt.
The governor said, "We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service".
During the chase, the fugitives fired several rounds at RCSO deputies, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine.
The manhunt began after the inmates escaped from their prison bus around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta.
Late Tuesday night, about 12 hours after the home burglary, the pair stole a Ford pickup from a rock quarry about 9 miles from the burglarized home. The fugitives lost their weapons in the crash and surrendered, authorities said.
"During the pursuit the suspects, and about that time we found out who we were dealing with, started firing on our vehicles", said Fitzhugh.
The corrections department identified the victims as Christopher Monica, 42, who began working there in 2009, and Curtis Billue, 58, who would have marked his 10th anniversary with the department next month.
Authorities do not know whether Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose are still in Georgia or still travelling together, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters Wednesday.