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Police capture third escaped inmate after monthlong manhunt in Southern Illinois

Sheriff J.T. Fricker, Hardin County deputies and Cave-in-Rock Police Department took Johnny Tipton into custody Saturday.
Sheriff J.T. Fricker, Hardin County deputies and Cave-in-Rock Police Department took Johnny Tipton into custody Saturday.

After a monthlong manhunt, police on Saturday captured the third and final inmate who escaped from White County Jail in June.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and Cave-in-Rock Police Department took 61-year-old Johnny Tipton into custody Saturday night.

Tipton, who was in jail facing theft charges, was found one day after police captured Zachery Shock, who was in jail awaiting trial on murder charges.

Shock was found walking along a rural road after a resident called police to report someone matching Shock's description in Gallatin County, according to the White County Sheriff's Department.

Shock gave up without resistance and had a loaded gun in his possession, according to an Illinois State Police press release.

On June 16, Shock, Tipton and Justin Bray, 28, escaped from White County Jail by using a pipe to break a hole in the wall, according to WSIL.

Bray was caught later that night walking along a rural road, WSIL reported.

Police had been searching for Shock and Tipton for about three weeks.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6
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