Troopers say Lane had pitchfork when captured

TJ Lane escapes prison. (Photo/Lima Police Department)
TJ Lane escapes prison. (Photo/Lima Police Department)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State troopers say the convicted Ohio school shooter who briefly escaped from prison last week had a pitchfork when he was captured.

State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Craig Cvetan said Monday that T.J. Lane didn’t threaten officers with the pitchfork and investigators haven’t determined where Lane got the tool.

Also Monday, a state lawmaker said the prison where Thursday’s escape occurred added extra razor wire to its fencing afterward.

State Rep. Matt Huffman, a Lima Republican who participated in a conference call with the state after the breakout, says he understood Allen Correctional Institution took the extra precaution in the area of the escape almost immediately.

Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith confirms that additional security measures were put in place, but she declined to provide details. 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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