Ohio inmate captured, with self inflicted knife wound

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JACKSON COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – UPDATE 10/20/2021 – According to a Facebook post by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies have captured escaped inmate Shannon Nichols.

Deputies found Nichols at a home along Cozy Branch Road in Oak Hill just before 10 PM Tuesday. When deputies first got there, they saw Nichols look out of the front window of the home.

After getting permission to go into the home by the property owner, deputies were directed to the back bedroom where Nichols was hiding. According to the post, as deputies arrived at the door to the bedroom, they heard a thump.

They discovered Nichols laying on the floor with a self-inflicted laceration to his throat. Deputies performed first aid until emergency medical services arrived. He was flown by helicopter for medical attention.

No word on his condition at this time.

🚨Nichols in custody🚨
Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier’s Deputies have found escaped inmate Shannon Nichols at a residence in Oak Hill.
Just before 10 p.m Tuesday, deputies converged at 208 Cozy Glen Road, Oak Hill. When they arrived at the residence, they saw 39-year-old Nichols look out the front window.
Gaining permission to enter the home by the property owner, deputies were directed to a back bedroom, where Nichols was hiding.
As deputies arrived at the door to the bedroom, they heard a thump. They discovered Nichols laying on the floor with a self-inflected laceration to his throat.
Deputies performed first aid until emergency medical services arrived. He was flown by helicopter for medical attention.
Deputies have been following leads in an attempt to capture Nichols since his escape.
On Wednesday, October 13, at 2:57 a.m., inmate, Nichols, who had been working stripping floors, fled the Jackson County Correctional Facility through an open garage door.
The case remains under investigation. No further details will be released tonight. Additional information may be released Wednesday afternoon.


ORIGINAL: The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio is looking for an inmate who escaped from a work detail early Wednesday, Oct. 13.

According to the sheriff’s office, the inmate, identified as Shannon Nichols, 39, had been working stripping floors around 2:57 a.m. when he fled through an open garage door at the Jackson County Correctional Facility. Officials say the sally port door was open due to the heat and odor from stripping the floors.

Deputies say Nichols ran down Water Street toward Bridge Street where a corrections officer who was chasing the inmate lost sight of him.

Nichols was wearing a black and white striped inmate uniform at the time he escaped. He has blue eyes, blonde hair and a goatee. According to the sheriff’s office, he keeps his hair very short and may look bald. Deputies also believe he may have shaved following his escape. Nichols is described as standing 5’9″ and weighing 160 pounds with a sleeve of tattoos on his right arm. He also has tattoos on his left arm, abdomen, chest and back.

Deputies say they’ve followed some leads attempting to find Nichols, including going to his mother’s home. They say while Nichols was not there, they did arrest another man at the home, identified as Donald Shackles, on several outstanding warrants.

Anyone with any information on Nichols whereabouts is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 740-286-6464.

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