Norman police capture escapee; school lockdown lifted

Two inmates escaped Monday morning while on work release at McClain County's expo center. Both are back in custody, officials report.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: February 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013

Two inmates escaped from McClain County authorities and stole a county pickup while on a work detail at the county's expo center, Sheriff Don Hewett said.

The men stopped at a convenience store in Washington, where they were spotted, Hewett said.

They fled and crashed into a fence near 24th Avenue SW and Lindsey Street, where officers captured Chase Clemons, 21, the sheriff said.

Taylor Brotherton, 28, fled on foot. Clemons told officers Brotherton had a handgun.

“As a precaution, we are locking down all of our schools while the NPD works this non-school-related incident with an armed suspect in our community,” said Shelly Hickman, spokeswoman for Norman Public Schools.

The two inmates were serving time for drug charges, Undersheriff Bill Shobe said.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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