A gun owning family man in Tennessee is being called a hero by law enforcement after two fugitives surrendered to him right in front of his home. Patrick Hale, 35, lives in Christiana, Tennessee, and after a friend had warned him that the fugitives were in the area, he put together a plan. ‘I loaded every weapon I could in my house to be prepared in the event that they needed to be used. I called 911 and made the decision to either get in our panic room and be trapped or get in our car and head down the road.’
‘I grabbed my sweet daughter and got in the car… we saw the men had been running and were much closer to my house now. They took off their shirts and waived them at us as if to slow us down.’
The suspects that surrendered, Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, wouldn’t have survived if they had tried to take Harm Hale or his family.
‘My vehicle looks very much like a police cruiser. I realized I had two ex-cons wanted for murder who had just shot at law enforcement who had nothing to lose and for some reason they surrendered and laid down on the concrete in my driveway.’
‘If that doesn’t make you believe in Jesus Christ, I don’t know what does.’
Hale made the decision to flee – getting into his car with his little girl. Then, just as he braced for the worst, the inmates who were in view, took off their shirts and waved them in the air to signal to him that they surrender.
What funny is that Hale believes that the escapees mistook his car for a law enforcement vehicle.
The chase ended with a crash near the community of Christiana, Tennessee. With deputies in hot pursuit, the suspects left the weapons they had stolen from their guards in the couple’s wrecked car, and ran through trees to Hale’s property.
Miller said the homeowner held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived. But Hale said he wanted to set the record straight:
‘I had a weapon on me, but I never had to draw the weapon as has been in the news.’
TBI Director Mark Gwyn said he’s ‘totally grateful to everyone involved.’ ‘True bravery is what’s caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic incident,’ he said.
Hale took a picture of the escapees once they were surrounded by law enforcement officers. It shows them spread-eagled and shirtless, face-down on the concrete – the same postures he said they had assumed themselves without saying a word to him.
The fugitives were taken to the Rutherford County jail, and in a hearing on Friday, wearing orange jumpsuits and surrounded by officers, they waived their right to challenge their extraditions to Georgia.
He said he never felt the need to pull his weapon – the wait for police was harrowing for him. More than 45 police officers were standing on his front lawn in less than 3 minutes, and it was all over.
‘I cannot tell you how grateful I was to see them arrive,’ Hale said.
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