Escaped fugitive Curtis Ray Watson was taken into custody Sunday morning, according to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew.

Watson, 44, was captured by Tennessee Department of Correction officers about 11 a.m. Sunday in Henning, according to text messages from Belew.

Belew and five other officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department made the trip with two K-9 officers to Henning to help search for Watson after he was spotted early Sunday on a security camera.

Belew said he and other officers were contacted Saturday night and asked to join the search. The team arrived about 7 a.m. Sunday and began the search.

About 11 a.m., Henry County officers, along with officers from the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, helped drive Watson toward the Tennessee DOC officer who captured him.

“We were pushing on closing a perimeter,” Belew said in a phone interview Sunday. “The suspect ran out into a beanfield and a TDOC correctional officer was there and took him into custody.”

Watson was then placed in the back of a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department patrol car.

“The Henry County Sheriff’s office is glad we could be a part of it and assist all the agencies taking part in this,” Belew said. “We know that he’s not coming back to Henry County, and he’s in custody down here, and that’s where he needs to be.”

Local officers taking part in the search included Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick, handling K-9 officer Rowdy, and Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and his K-9 officer Adora.

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