T.J. Lane, 2 others captured after prison break

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LIMA, Ohio -- A tense night ended with convicted school shooter T.J. Lane back in the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution where he is serving three life sentences.

Lane, 19, and two other inmates escaped from the Lima facility around 7:40 p.m. Thursday, apparently by scaling a fence.

A perimeter was quickly established around the immediate area.  Residents were advised to stay inside and lock their doors.  Cars were searched and authorities used sensitive tracking equipment from the air.

The prison is about three hours from Chardon, the Northeast Ohio community still hurting and healing after Lane's shooting spree at Chardon High School.

He opened fire there on February 27, 2012, killing three classmates and wounding three others.

In March of 2013, Lane was sentenced for the murders of 16-year-old Danny Parmertor, 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin and 17-year-old Russell King, Jr.

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The two inmates who escaped along with Lane were serving time for serious offenses as well.

Lindsey Bruce was convicted in 2007 in Franklin County for the murder of a 5-year-old girl.

He was caught near a church off of Blue Lick Road not long after leaving the prison, but the search for Lane and Clifford Opperud, 45, who was convicted of kidnapping and aggravated robbery, continued into the night.

Lane was captured without incident around 1:20 a.m. Friday about 100 yards away from the prison and taken back to the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution.

The prison warden said he did not make any comments at the time.

Opperud was taken into custody by the Ohio State Highway Patrol around 4:22 a.m.  It wasn't clear where he was captured.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction released this statement after all three inmates had been caught:

"DRC would like to thank the Ohio State Highway Patrol – Findlay Post, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department, US Marshals Northwest Ohio Fugitive Task Force and the FBI for the coordinated assistance, and members of public who provided information throughout the course of the incident."

 

Chardon Schools will be closed on Friday, but counseling and other services will be made available at the middle school and high school buildings.

The superintendent released a statement after news came out that Lane had escaped. It read, in part: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Demetrius, Russell and Danny and all others affected by the tragedy."

*READ the entire statement*

Criminal and administrative investigations were ongoing.

The Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution is about 100 miles west of Mansfield.  It is considered a minimum to medium security facility.

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