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Two Inmates, Included Alleged Murderer, On The Run After Breaking Out Of Illinois Jail

Alleged murderer Zachery Shock and Johnny Tipton used a pipe to break a hole in a concrete wall of the jail.

By Gina Tron

Two of three men who broke out of a southern Illinois jail last week, including an alleged murderer, remain on the run.

Inmates Justin Bray, 28, Zachery Shock, 24 (pictured above) and Johnny Tipton, 61, allegedly used a pipe to break a hole in one of White County Jail’s concrete walls Saturday morning, according to the Evansville Courier & Press in Indiana. Sheriffs discovered the three missing at around 5:30 a.m.

Bray (pictured, below) was spotted and captured by police just hours later, by 7:34 p.m. that day.

“Bray was spotted walking along a county road, he fled on foot and was located in an oil field tank,” the White County Sheriff’s Department said. He was transported back to the jail in Carmi, Illinois from which he had escaped. He now faces escape charges in addition to the charges he was already facing: unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated fleeing and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. His bail has now been set at $1 million.

Shock and Tipton are on the run and they are considered dangerous, according to The Associated Press. Shock was in jail for murder and aggravated battery with a firearm charges. The charges stem from a 2016 shooting, in which Shock allegedly shot a 45-year-old man to death at a general store, according to the Courier & Press. Shock was awaiting trial for that incident.

Tipton was being held on charges of theft and possession of stolen property. There was a possible sighting of the two men Sunday evening after several drivers reported seeing them walking along a road in Illinois.

A massive manhunt to find the two men is underway and has resulted in the arrest of three others. Wendi M. Owen, 46, Carly D. Schmittler, 28, and Elijah R. Locher, 32, have all been charged with aiding escape.

Owen's bond was set at $25,000, Schmittler's has been set at $7,500 and no bond has been set on Locher. It’s unclear how they allegedly helped the men escape.

[Photos: White County Sheriff’s Office]

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