Convicted School Shooter Apprehended After Ohio Prison Break

September 12, 2014

T.J. Lane, who was convicted of killing 3 high school students two years ago, was caught several hours after he escaped Thursday night from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.

A massive manhunt was conducted for 19-year-old Lane and 45-year-old Clifford Earl Opperud.

Opperud was captured about three hours after Lane was found. Another escapee was apprehended earlier.

Officials have not released how the men escaped.

The Associated Press reports that authorities wouldn’t say whether Lane and the other two inmates planned their escapes together. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections said Lane did not resist when troopers found him.

In February 2012, Lane killed three students during a shooting spree at Chardon High School, which is about 30 miles outside Cleveland. Two other students were wounded.

Lane is serving three consecutive life sentences.

During his 18 months in prison, Lane has been disciplined seven times, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Chardon School District officials have canceled Friday classes.

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