BREAKING: Prison Escapee Richard Matt Shot And Killed By Law Enforcement Officers

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BREAKING NEWS: FOX NEWS – Richard Matt, one of two New York prison escapees, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers Friday afternoon, a law enforcement source confirmed to Fox News.

He was killed in a remote area of Franklin County, N.Y. not far from two hunting cabins where he and fellow escapee David Sweat reportedly had taken refuge.

There was no immediate word on the whereabouts of Sweat. However, Fox News has confirmed police are pursuing him, reportedly on foot.

The Buffalo News, quoting a source, reported canine units had a “strong track” on Sweat, 35.

The location where Matt, 49, was shot is about 40 miles west of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where the pair staged a brazen breakout June 6.

Since then they had eluded a massive manhunt involving 1,100 law enforcement personnel.

 Matt and Sweat used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall, and squirmed through pipes to escape.

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 civilian worker at the prison has been charged with helping the killers flee by giving them hacksaw blades, chisels and other tools.

Prosecutors said Joyce Mitchell, a prison tailoring shop instructor who got close to the men while working with them, had agreed to be their getaway driver but backed out because she felt guilty for participating. Mitchell pleaded not guilty June 15 to charges including felony promoting prison contraband.

Authorities said the men had filled their beds in their adjacent cells with clothes to make it appear they were sleeping when guards made overnight rounds. On a cut steam pipe, the prisoners left a taunting note containing a crude caricature of an Asian face and the words “Have a nice day.”

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said they apparently used tools stored by prison contractors, taking care to return them to their toolboxes after each night’s work.

On June 24, authorities charged Clinton correction officer Gene Palmer with promoting prison contraband, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct. Officials said he gave the two prisoners the frozen hamburger meat Joyce Mitchell had used to hide the tools she smuggled to Sweat and Matt. Palmer’s attorney said he had no knowledge that the meat contained hacksaw blades, a bit and a screwdriver.

Dannemora, built in 1845, occupies just over 1 square mile within the northern reaches of the Adirondack Forest Preserve and is surrounded by forest and farmland. The stark white perimeter wall of the prison, topped with guard towers, borders a main street in the village’s business district.

The escape was the first in history from Clinton Correctional’s maximum-security portion. In July 2003, two convicted murderers used tools from a carpentry shop at Elmira Correctional Facility to dig a hole in the roof of their cell and a rope of bedsheets to go over the wall. They were captured within three days, and a subsequent state investigation cited lax inmate supervision, poor tool control and incomplete cell searches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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