Out of all the school shooters who are currently serving prison sentences, T.J. Lane is probably the last one you’d want walking around free. In 2012 Lane opened fire inside the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. When the smoke cleared, 3 students were dead. Lane eventually pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to life without parole. At his sentencing, he removed his shirt which revealed a t-shirt underneath that he had scrawled the word ‘killer’ on it, then went on a vulgar tirade about his victims.
“This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates the memory. Fuck all of you.”
Lane never showed any remorse and has been kept in isolation.
Tonight, reports are coming from Lima, Ohio that say Lane was one of three that escaped from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.
At last report, Lane was at large along with another inmate, 45-year-old Clifford Opperud, who was serving time for kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Neither man is said to be armed, and both are wearing prison uniforms.
“All available troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been joined by Allen County Sheriff’s deputies and local area law enforcement in establishing a perimeter and searching the area. A Patrol helicopter with advanced infrared detection equipment has been deployed and is engaged in the search as well. The public is encouraged to report any suspicious persons or possible sightings by calling 911.”
With any luck, Lima police or the Highway Patrol will catch this coward before he has the chance to harm anyone else. I can see Lane wanting to hurt more people if he were to get his hands on any kind of weapon.
Thanks to Steve Huff for the tip.
UPDATE 9/12/2014: Lane was apprehended five hours after his escape, still in the area near the prison. Luckily, no one was injured in his apprehension. No details yet on exactly how Lane was captured, but I hope he resisted arrest.