One es­caped pris­oner killed, sec­ond at large

Of­fi­cers shoot a man be­lieved to be in­mate Richard Matt. David Sweat is still at large.

Los Angeles Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ryan Parker and Richard A. Ser­rano richard. ser­rano @ latimes. com Twit­ter: @ Rick­Ser­ra­noLAT ryan. parker@ latimes. com Twit­ter: @ TheRyanParker Ser­rano re­ported from Washington, D. C., and Parker from Los An­ge­les. Times staff writ­ers Chris­tine Mai- Du

The two con­victed killers from an up­state New York max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison were in­volved in a con­fronta­tion with law en­force­ment off icials near the Cana­dian bor­der.

One of two con­victed killers who es­caped from an up­state New York max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison has been killed in an ap­par­ent con­fronta­tion Fri­day with law en­force­ment of­fi­cials near the Cana­dian bor­der, ac­cord­ing to FBI of­fi­cials.

Richard Matt is be­lieved to have been killed and David Sweat is be­ing sought, said one source who was briefed on the sit­u­a­tion.

Both men had been on the run since es­cap­ing from the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity on June 6.

In a state­ment re­leased Fri­day evening, New York State Po­lice re­ported that a law en­force­ment agent had seen a man in a wooded area in the town of Malone, about 40 miles west of Dan­nemora, where the prison is lo­cated. Both towns are near the Ca- na­dian bor­der.

“A mem­ber of law en­force­ment shot and killed a man be­lieved to be Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity es­capee Richard Matt. A pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is still pend­ing,” the State Po­lice said.

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

Sweat was serv­ing a sen- tence of life with­out pa­role for killing a sher­iff ’ s deputy in Broome County in 2002. Matt was serv­ing 25 years to life for killing and dis­mem­ber­ing his for­mer boss.

Gov. An­drew Cuomo sched­uled a brief­ing Fri­day night, his of­fice said.

The search for the es­caped in­mates sparked a man­hunt that ex­tended to the Mex­i­can bor­der and in­volved hun­dreds of law en­force­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing lo­cal po­lice and FBI agents.

The news fol­lows a f lurry of pos­si­ble sight­ings by re­ported res­i­dents in ru­ral ar­eas of New York, both near the prison and hun­dreds of miles away near the Penn­syl­va­nia bor­der.

A strong lead came this week, when some­one re­ported a bur­glary at a cabin about 20 miles from the prison. New York State Po­lice seized items from the cabin to test for DNA and said ev­i­dence in­di­cated the men “may have spent time” in the cabin.

Matt, 48, and Sweat, 35, tricked cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers at the prison by mak­ing dum­mies and stuff­ing them into their beds the night they f led. They were dis­cov­ered miss­ing at a 5: 30 a. m. bed check on June 6.

Of­fi­cials have said the men used power tools to cut through me­tal and brick walls and pipes, and then made their way via un­der­ground pipes to a man­hole a few hun­dred feet from the prison walls. They emerged from the man­hole and f led.

A civil­ian prison em­ployee, Joyce Mitchell, was ar­rested June 12 and charged with a felony and a mis­de­meanor on al­le­ga­tions of smug­gling hack­saw blades, chis­els, a punch and a screw- driver bit into the prison to help the men es­cape. Mitchell has pleaded not guilty.

A sec­ond ar­rest was made Wed­nes­day evening. Gene Palmer faces charges in­clud­ing pro­mot­ing prison con­tra­band and tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence.

A $ 100,000 re­ward has been of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the es­capees’ ar­rest.

Matt and Sweat de­fied the odds in re­main­ing at large so long, ac­cord­ing to prison es­cape data com­piled by the New York Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions and Com­mu­nity Su­per­vi­sion. Be­tween 2002 and 2012, of the 29 in­mates who es­caped from New York state pris­ons, all were caught within three days.

Scott Ol­son Getty I mages

LAW EN­FORCE­MENT off icers pre­pare to search in Chasm Falls, N. Y. Author­i­ties have been hunt­ing for the two fugi­tive con­victs since June 6.

As­so­ci­ated Press

RICHARD MATT, thought to be the es­capee killed, was con­victed of mur­der­ing a for­mer boss.

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