TJ Lane Escapes: Thomas Michael Lane, Chardon High School Shooter, and Clifford E Opperud Leave Prison in Ohio (Photos); No Word from Parents

September 11, 2014 Updated: September 12, 2014

T.J. Lane, the teenager who was convicted of shooting and killing students at Chardon High School in 2012, has reportedly escaped.

UPDATE: Lane was captured and is in custody on Friday, according to local media reports.

News Net 5 reported that Lane left the Allen County Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.

Clifford E Opperud, another 45-year-old inmate, also escaped.

A major police manhunt is currently underway.

Here’s what the Lima Police Department says: “The two prisoners are Thomas Michael Lane III and Clifford E Opperud. Please share these photos with all your friends. Do not open your doors for strangers. Do not pick up hitch hikers. Call LPD if you see anything suspicious. Officers are currently searching the neighborhoods in the vicinity of the north end of town. You will see law enforcement in your neighborhood. PLEASE do not tweet or post the locations of our officers.”

Thomas Michael Lane III
age 19
5’8″ / 125 lbs
brown hair / brown eyes
Originally from Chardon Ohio

Clifford E Opperud
age 45
5’10” 175 lbs 
blonde hair, blue eyes
originally from Carlisle Ohio

 

 

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS news update:

Police: Convicted killer of 3 students escapes 

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — The convicted killer of three Ohio students at a high school cafeteria escaped from a Lima prison Thursday, and a search was underway, police said.

Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane escaped along with two other inmates and one of the inmates was captured, Lima police Sgt. Andy Green said. A search was underway in woods and a residential area near the prison, he said, and the two escapees are considered dangerous.

Authorities said they do not believe the two men are armed, however. They had no further information on how the inmates escaped from prison. Green said the police were notified about 8 p.m. Thursday evening.

Lane pleaded guilty last year to shooting three students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. He said he didn’t know why he did. He was given three life sentences.

Authorities identified the other inmate as Clifford E. Opperud, 45, and said he was serving a sentence for aggravated robbery, burglary, and kidnapping.

Prosecutors say Lane took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the school and fired 10 shots at a group of students in the cafeteria. Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, both 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, were killed.

Lane was at Chardon waiting for a bus to the alternative school he attended, for students who haven’t done well in traditional settings.

Before Lane’s case went to adult court in 2012, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. At his sentencing, Lane was defiant, smiling and smirking throughout, including while four relatives of the victims spoke