Fugitive Couple Captured in Ohio

An inmate and the wife who aided him a brazen escape from a courthouse in Tennessee this week have been taken into custody in Columbus, Ohio.

A SWAT team arrested George and Jennifer Hyatte late tonight at a motel there, authorities told ABC News affiliate WCPO in Cincinnati.

On Wednesday authorities found evidence the couple had stayed overnight in motel in Kentucky. A gold van used by the couple as a getaway vehicle was spotted at an Erlanger, Ky., Econo Lodge motel.

Jennifer Forsyth Hyatte, 31, is believed to have ambushed two guards on Tuesday as they were leading George Hyatte, 34, from a courthouse hearing in Kingston, Tenn., about 200 miles south of Erlanger.

Authorities called the couple a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, after Jennifer Hyatte allegedly helped her husband. Police say she shot and killed a guard, Wayne "Cotton" Morgan, during the escape.

After shooting the officer and freeing her husband, Jennifer Hyatte reportedly fled the scene with him in a Ford Explorer. The vehicle was later found abandoned. Authorities reported finding blood in the SUV, which led them to believe one of the fugitives may have been shot.

George Hyatte was at the courthouse Tuesday to plead guilty in a plea deal concerning an armed robbery.

ABC News affiliate WCPO in Cincinnati contributed to this report.

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