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Manhunt over after police capture all White County escapee

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WSIL -- All three inmates who escaped from the White County Jail three weeks ago are now behind bars.

Late Saturday night, deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department took the last remaining escapee, 61-year-old Johnny Tipton, into custody.

This comes one day after 24-year-old Zachary Shock was found in Gallatin County. 28-year-old Justin Bray was caught in June just days after the three used a pipe to break a hole in the White County jail on June 16.


White County Sheriff Doug Maier says he’s relieved to have all three back behind bars, "Deputy texts me and says ‘I just put the handcuffs on Zachary Shock,’ and that was the best text I’ve had in a long time," 

Before escaping, Tipton was being held for possession of stolen property. Shock was awaiting trail for a 2016 murder charge in Hamilton County. 

The details surrounding Tipton’s capture are still unclear.

Police arrested Shock just before 10:30 Friday night on Forest Road about two miles south of Equality. He was carrying a loaded handgun at the time, but Police say he went without a struggle, giving up as soon as officers arrived on scene.

"He raised his hands and got down on his knees, advised them that he had the gun, but made no attempt whatsoever to pull that weapon," Maier said.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Scottie Sauls was among those on scene when Shock was caught. He says a tip from a caller helped police track down Shock.

"Sheriff Fricker of Hardin County Sheriff's Department received a tip that he had a location on the subject south of Equality," Sauls said.

After his capture Shock was transported back to White County where Maier interviewed him for an hour.

"He said he regretted that he left very shortly after he was gone, but it was a little late then," Maier said.

Bray, Shock and Tipton are all being charged with escape in the incident.

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