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One of two escaped prisoners is shot dead

By Staff Reporter

Published 27/06/2015

Killer: Richard Matt
Killer: Richard Matt

One of two convicted killers who escaped from a New York maximum security prison has been shot and killed.

Richard Matt (48) has been killed and David Sweat (34) is still on the run, according to US law enforcement officials.

Matt and Sweat used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, made a hole through a two-foot thick brick wall and escaped early on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border in upstate New York.

Matt reportedly shot at a driver in a camper near the town of Malone, a federal law enforcement source said.

The driver called 911.

But when police officers arrived gunfire erupted and Matt was shot dead.

No police were injured during the incident.

Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole in the killing of a sheriff's deputy in Broome County in 2002.

Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss. A prison guard and a prison tailor shop instructor have been accused of helping the inmates escape.

As the investigations into shortcomings at the Clinton maximum security prison continued, hundreds of law enforcement officers had been searching for Sweat and Matt in a densely wooded area roughly 20 miles west of the prison.

Now that Matt is dead, police are conducting an intensive search for the other fugitive in the area,

Investigators from the New York State inspector general's office are looking into possible breaches of security protocols that allowed the two prisoners to escape.

The escape sparked a vast and costly manhunt that has consumed enormous amounts of police time and resources for the past three weeks.

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