Escaped triple murderer apprehended

Michael W. Brunner
Michael W. Brunner

By Scott Harvey

(LOUISVILLE) -- Kentucky State Police have told us that a convicted triple murderer who escaped from the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange has been captured and returned to prison. WAVE 3's Scott Harvey has the latest.

Forty-six-year-old Michael W. Brunner, considered armed and extremely dangerous, escaped around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Nearby Oldham County Schools went into lockdown mode upon learning of the escape.

Brunner is serving a life sentence for three murdering convictions in 1990 in Jefferson County. Brunner also tried to escape from the Kentucky State Penitentiary in 2003. He was transferred to the KSR in LaGrange in March.

Officials aren't saying how Brunner escaped, but they did tell us they are investigating their fence line.

After getting a report that an inmate was in a restricted area about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, prison officials did a head county and determined Brunner was missing about an hour later.  That's when prison official notified local law enforcement and media outlets that Brunner had escaped.

Over 100 officers were dispatched to look for Brunner, including officers from LaGrange, Oldham County, State Police and KSR's Correctional Emergency Response Team.

About 8:47 a.m., Oldham County dispatch reported receiving a phone call about a suspicious person in the area, about the same time the KSR alert went out. About 10:06 a.m., a LaGrange police officer, with assistance from the Oldham County Police Department, caught up with Brunner at Hwy. 42 -- several miles from the reformatory.

Brunner surrendered peacefully.

The question on everyone's mind now is why is a man convicted of three murders being held in a medium security facility?

Prison officials didn't have a ready answer for that Tuesday afternoon.

We'll have the latest coming up on WAVE 3 News.

Online Reporter: Scott Harvey

Online Producer: Michael Dever