Manhunt Ends, Chardon High School Shooter Captured


Three inmates are behind bars after escaping from the Allen County Correctional Institution Thursday night.

One of the men was T.J. Lane, was the person who opened fire at Chardon High School.

Lane escaped with fellow inmates Clifford E. Opperud and Lindsey Bruce.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Lima Police quickly set up a perimeter in the area surrounding the prison.

Troopers also established several checkpoints at intersections around the north side of Lima.

Prison warden Kevin Jones told 10TV the inmates escaped the facility around 7:30 p.m. by scaling the perimeter fence on the west side of the facility during a recreational period Thursday.

Inmate Lindsey Bruce was captured just minutes after escaping.   

Bruce was convicted of killing a 5-year-old Emily Rimel in Franklin County back in 2004.

After a nearly six hour search, inmates Clifford Opperud and T.J. Lane were both captured.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Lane was captured shortly before 2:00 a.m. And Opperud was captured shortly before 4:00 a.m.

Opperud entered Lima's prison back in 2008 on an aggravated robbery charge.

OSP said Lane was captured near a church just 100-yards north of the prison.

Lane is in prison for the shooting deaths of Daniel Permertor, Russell King, Jr. and Demetrius Hewlin at Chardon High School in 2012.

At age 18, Lane shot and killed the three students in a high school cafeteria.

He was given three life sentences.

Investigators said he admitted to the shooting but that he said he didn't know why he did it.

During one of his final court appearances, he taunted relatives of the victims, and wore a T-shirt that read "killer."

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At one point, he suddenly swiveled in his chair toward where his own family members and those of the slain teens sat, cursing at them and raising his middle finger toward them.

The mother of one victim called Lane "a pathetic excuse for a human being," and wished him "an extremely slow, torturous death."

Chardon High School cancelled classes on Friday and police are providing extra protection for the families of the victims.

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