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White County Jail escapee captured

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UPDATED 12:46 a.m. SATURDAY, JULY 07, 2018

WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- Authorities captured escapee Zachery Shock in Gallatin County, three weeks after he broke out of the White County Jail. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Police found Shock walking along a roadway, arrested him with no incident, and transported him back to the White County Jail. White County Sheriff, Doug Maier, says escapee Johnny Tipton remains at large.

UPDATED 11:39 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- The search for two inmates who escaped White County jail continues as authorities work new leads.

Escapees Zachery Shock and Johnny Tipton broke out of White County Jail Saturday, using a metal pipe from the cell to break a hole and escape. Officials say no concrete or rebar was built inside the concrete blocks when that part of the jail was constructed.

Crews are in the process of filling every block with concrete so inmates can not pound through the wall again. They’ll continue to upgrade the facility, which was built in 1975, to make it more secure. They also relocated federal inmates to other facilities until the upgrades are complete.

Officials said the pipe used to bust through the wall was from a privacy curtain installed and required by the Federal Mandated Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2016. White County Sheriff Doug Maier told News 3 the jail did pass its last inspection by the Department of Corrections last December. 

This marks the second White County Jail escape in four years. Inmates broke through the roof during the escape four years ago. Authorities told News 3 they addressed that issue and installed monitors on the ceiling and added extra layers of security.

Maier said they have no reason to believe the two inmates on the loose are armed, but still consider them dangerous. He encourages people to report anything strange they see in their communities.

UPDATED 5:46 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- The White County Sheriff's Office tells News 3 they are now searching the Ohio River for the two escapees, Shock and Tipton. They tell us they've received reports of two men who match the description of the escapees on a jon boat in the river. They have also received reports of a stolen boat that matches the description. The boat is described as a jon boat with a blue and white motor. Kentucky authorities are now assisting with the search.

UPDATED 12:06 a.m. TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

HAMILTON CO, Ill -- Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Office confirms there was a report of a break-in in the area two escapees were spotted. The US Marshall’s cleared the house and the firearms are accounted for and NOT missing. Police will work through the night as they continue to search for Zachery Shock and Johnny Tipton. We will continue to update this story.

UPDATED 10:13 p.m. MONDAY JUNE 18, 2018

WHITE CO, Ill. -- White County Sheriff tells us a home appears to have been burglarized, and firearms were possibly stolen near the area where police are searching for escaped inmates. We will continue to update this story.

UPDATED 9:23 p.m MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

HAMILTON CO, Ill. -- Hamilton County Sheriff Robert Crow wants to alert residents in the Southeast part of Hamilton County of a possible sighting of White County Escapees Zachary Shock and Johnny Tipton.

The Sheriff's Department says Shock and Tipton are believed to be wearing no shirts and shorts.

Call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

UPDATED 9:00 a.m. MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

WHITE CO., Ill. -- The White County Sheriff says men matching the descriptions of were seen Sunday night on Route 1 between Norris City and Omaha.

Multiple agencies using a drone and K-9 officers searched for the suspects but they were not located.

As of Monday morning, the escapees remain at large.

Residents are urged to be on alert and report any possible sightings of the men to police.

UPDATED 10:42 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

The White County Sheriff's Department reports that Justin M. Bray was taken into custody in rural Crossville around 7:34 Saturday evening.

Bray was spotted walking along a county road, he fled on foot and was located in an oil field tank. 

He was transported to the White County Jail facing escape charges.

Bail will be set at one million dollars.

Authorities are still searching for Zachery Shock and Johnny Tipton (pictured below).


WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- The White County Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for three men who broke out of jail overnight.

The three men are wanted for a variety of charges including murder.

Zachery Shock, 24, was jailed for aggravated battery with a firearm/ murder. 

Justin Bray, 28, was jailed for unlawful use of a weapon, resisting/obstructing a peace officer, and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude.

Johnny Tipton, 61, was in jail for theft/ possession of stolen property.

The Sheriff's Department says the inmates used a pipe to break a hole in the outside concrete block and brick wall of the jail. Once the White County Corrections Officers realized three men were missing at 5:30 a.m., they looked at video surveillance and found the three running down an alley outside the jail at 3:05 a.m.) 

If you have any information on where any of these men may be, call the White County Sheriff's Office at (618) 382-5321 or your local law enforcement agency. 

Do not approach the men as they are considered dangerous.

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