Officials Say Escaped New York Inmate Richard Matt Shot and Killed by Police

This undated photo released by the New York State Police shows Richard Matt
This undated photo released by the New York State Police shows Richard Matt
This undated photo released by the New York State Police shows Richard Matt
This undated photo released by the New York State Police shows Richard Matt

(Associated Press)

One of two convicted killers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate New York maximum-security prison and had been hunted for three weeks has been shot and killed.

An official with knowledge of the manhunt says Richard Matt was killed and David Sweat is still on the run. The official wasn’t authorized to talk about the development publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on the condition of anonymity.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 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, squirmed through pipes and escaped early on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border.

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.

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Escaped convicted murderer Richard Matt was shot and killed by authorities today, according to officials, 20 days after he elaborately escaped from an upstate New York prison.

Matt and convicted murderer David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility early June 6. More than 1,100 officers have been involved in the search.

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