911 call reveals more on how Curtis Watson was captured
The man at the center of a five day manhunt will appear in court for the first time this week.
Curtis Watson is accused of strangling and sexually assaulting a prison administrator in West Tennessee before his escape.
Debra Johnson's family said they were planning her funeral when they got the call that Watson was in custody.
A 911 call reveals more on Watson's capture on Sunday.
CALLER: "We have Curtis right here on the ground."
DISPATCHER: "Do you not have law enforcement with you in the area around you?"
CALLER: "I have a TDOC worker with me right now."
DEPUTY: "They've got TDOC on scene, they say they've got him on the ground."
After spending five days on the run, the caller was with a Tennessee Department of Corrections employee when they spotted Watson in a soybean field.
Johnson's family told reporters the pair held Watson at gunpoint until authorities arrived.
On Sunday, Johnson's family called the woman who called 911.
"We just wanted to tell you thank you. Thank you," Mychal Austin, Johnson's son said.
"You're welcome," the caller replied.
During the call, Johnson's family learned the woman named Krissy met Johnson when she previously worked for TDOC.
She had no idea, years later she would help find the man accused of killing her.
"I just thank God that he was captured before her funeral because it gives us added relief that we can really bury our mother knowing that the person who harmed her has been apprehended," Johnson's daughter, Dr. Shernaye Johnson said.
Johnson's family said Watson's capture allows them to focus on saying goodbye to a woman who loved her family and career dearly.
Then, they want to focus on the questions that remain.
"It just didn't make any sense. You could have went ahead and escaped if that's what you wanted to do. But why did you target my mother? Why was it a priority to go there? Why did you do what you did to her?" Austin added.
A lot of people are wanting to know who will get the $57,000 reward.
TBI said "We are working, alongside the other agencies who offered money for the capture of Curtis Watson, to determine the most appropriate ways to distribute the reward. As part of that effort, TBI continues to review all of the relevant details of Sunday's events to ensure authorities have identified those who immediately contributed to Watson's capture."
Watson will make his first court appearance on Wednesday.
Johnson's funeral will be held Friday in Nashville.