TJ Lane, Carlisle man captured after prison escape

TJ Lane, Clifford Opperud captured after escape from Lima Correcitonal. (Photo/Lima Police Department)
TJ Lane, Clifford Opperud captured after escape from Lima Correcitonal. (Photo/Lima Police Department)

LIMA, Ohio (WDTN) – Chardon High School shooter TJ lane is back in custody after escaping from prison.

Lane escaped with two other men sometime around 8:00 p.m. Thursday night.

They escaped from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Facility in Lima.

One of the men was captured shortly after the escape.

State police then fanned out, searching the woods around the prison for Lane and Clifford Opperud who is from the Carlisle area.

Around 1:30 Friday morning, about six hours after guards noticed the prisoners were missing, troopers found Lane just 100 yards away, outside a church.

Officials say Lane did not put up a fight and did not say anything as he was taken into custody.

“I would have to say that the reason he didn’t get any farther than he was because of the immediate perimeter. With the help of the sheriff’s office and the troopers in the area, they were able to shut the perimeter down pretty quickly and that’s why he wasn’t able to get any further than he did,” said Capt. Gary Allen, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Officials say Lane scaled a fence during rec time.

Administrative and criminal investigations have begun.

Lane is serving three life sentences for killing three students at Chardon High School in February 2012.

The fact that the three inmates were able to escape has some wondering about the security at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution.

2NEWS obtained a copy of an April inspection report conducted by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee.

CIIC rated “Institutional Security Management” “Good” at Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution.

The report stated that Executive staff members are consistently making rounds in all units based on a review of employee sign-in logs. The report also showed there had been zero escapes during the time period of the evaluation. However, inspectors did note that there were two attempted escapes during the period evaluated by CIIC. Inspectors also noted that security management remains a concern, both in terms of how the higher security inmates are handled, as well as discipline for misconduct.

The CIIC noted in the report that the type of inspection inspectors carried out was “UNANNOUNCED”. The inspection took place April 7th though the 9th… and again on April 15th.

2NEWS reached out to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to get more detail about security measures, and protocol at Allene Oakwood Correction. 2NEWS also wanted to know the details surrounding the inmates’ escape. Spokesperson JoEllen Smith with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction declined our interview, but sent a written statement stating “Criminal and administrative investigations are currently underway to determine what led to the inmates’ escape, and outside experts will also be tasked to review DRC procedures to make any possible recommendations for improvements”. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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