On Saturday, the Illinois State Police announced the arrest of Zachery J. Shock, age 24, of McLeansboro, Illinois. He, along with Johnny Tipton, had been on the lam since Saturday, June 16. The pair have certainly caused a lot of consternation amongthe residents of Norris City area, having been suspected of breaking into a house in Gossett and hiding out in the Sandy Run area.
On the evening of Friday, July 6, a local resident reported he had observed an individual matching the description of one of the White County Jail escapees in southern Gallatin County. Officers from Illinois State Police District 19, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, and Ridgway Police Department responded to the sighting.
At approximately 10:23 p.m., two Illinois State Police District 19 officers located a male subject walking in the middle of Forest Road, two miles south of Equality, in rural Gallatin County. The male subject was identified as the escapee Zachery Shock and was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, Shock was armed with a loaded handgun.
Shock was transported to the White County Jail for the Wanted on Warrant Escape charge. Additional charges may be led. He is being held on a $350,000 bond.
The Sheriff’s Department and other agencies continued to search for Johnny Tipton, who was last seen wearing a ball cap, Camouflage shirt and pants, a black belt/fanny pack and carrying a camouflage back pack near the Kedron Road area in Gallatin County.
Hardin County Sheriff’s received word that Tipton was on his way to Hardin County and kept law enforcement out all night looking and waiting. It didn’t take long. A homeowner tipped o the Sheri ’s Department that his camper had been broken into outside of Cave-In-Rock.
Cave-In-Rock Police Department, and Hardin County Sheriff ’s Deputies took Johnny Tipton into custody Saturday night without incident. He was brought back to White County Jail on $100,000 bond.