OHIO — A convicted high school shooter that triggered a massive manhunt after escaping from prison, has been captured by authorities.
Thomas “T.J.” Lane, 19, is responsible for the murders of 3 Ohio high school teens back in 2012. T.J. had escaped along with 2 other inmates from Allen Correctional Facility in Lima, Ohio, according to Joellen Smith, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Authorities say Lane escaped from the correction facility at about 7:30 p.m. A dispatcher at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Lane said Lane was apprehended at about 1:20 a.m. Friday close to the location of the prison.
T.J. Lane is serving 3 life sentences for opening fire at a cafeteria in Chardon High School on Feb. 27, 2012, killing three students — Demetrius Hewlin, 16; Russell King Jr., 17; and Daniel Parmertor, 16 — and wounding three more, one of whom was reportedly paralyzed.
“Our thoughts and prayers today go out to the families of Demetrius, Russell and Danny and all others affected by the tragedy as well as by the troubling events of Thursday evening,” Chardon Local Schools Superintendent Michael P. Hanlon, Jr. said in a statement to parents.
The prison escape of TJ Lane sparked a city wide manhunt which included three law enforcement agencies and a helicopter equipped with infrared equipment fanned out over the area around the prison looking for Lane and the other inmate, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born said in a statement. A third inmate is said to have escaped, but was quickly apprehended by authorities, Lima police said.